Columns

Buhari and Ramaphosa’s Pancake, By Shola Oshunkeye

After weeks of unrelenting attacks on nationals of other African countries, especially Nigerians, the authorities in South Africa, over the weekend, finally rediscovered themselves and began to do what their successors ought to have done 20 years back, namely: stopping their blood-baying citizens from hunting fellow Africans like game, and…
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Columns

Seun Onigbinde and the Bloodthirsty Hounds of Twitter, By Festus Adedayo

Again, the paternity of the Nigerian state came up for consideration last week. Who exactly owns Nigeria? Is it the exclusive preserve of politicians, their kith and kin, their hangers-on or Nigerians? Put differently, because politicians compete for offices that become vacant in the process of nationhood, are those offices,…
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Opinion

The Death of the Nigerian Public University, By Moses E. Ochonu

Federal universities in other parts of the country have, to varying degrees, similarly recalibrated to become extensions of their immediate sociocultural environments, resulting in intellectual and academic inbreeding and in incestuously insular intellectual reinforcement. Conversely, the very things that make the university a marketplace of ideas — diversity of thought,…
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Opinion

The Gathering Storm: Will We Survive It?, By Oluwadele Bolutife

One thing we cannot run away from is that there is a gathering storm, primarily fueled by bad governance and lack of accountability. It is also appalling that students, despite the enormity of powers at their disposal, both physical, imaginative, and intellectual, have become more concerned with the pursuit of…
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Opinion

In Defence of Seun Onigbinde, By ‘Tope Oriola

We cannot have it both ways: Complain about ineptitude and corruption in government and yet ask our best brains not to be part of governance. My argument is that we must not sink into ecumenical pessimism because of the overarching influence of societal and organisational structure. Social structure matters but…
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Columns

Cuba: When People Shed Their Blood For You, By Owei Lakemfa

Africa was like an orphan, but Cuba under President Fidel Castro, came to our aid, sending combat troops over 9,000 kilometres to defend Africa and our sovereignty. The country sent about 55,000 troops in two waves. Finally in 1988, at the historic Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, our Cuban brothers and…
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Columns

Climate Change and Conflict In West Africa (4), By Rafiq Raji

I propose that African governments focus their efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on proactive interventions to minimise the conflicts associated with resource competition. I suggest institutional interventions at the resource scarcity stage. Examples of these interventions range from efficient irrigation, water rationing, pasture Africa is vulnerable to…
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Opinion

Buhari Tidies House, Hones “Next Level” Cabinet, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

Today, as global economic shock waves impact local economy and policies, new nationalism reshapes big power politics, the Arab-Iran gulf stand-off simmers and bruising trade war unfolds, President Buhari can do no less than navigate a tight course. Clearly, he is on top of his game. Currently, several policy decisions,…
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Opinion

Xenophobia: Niger Republic Too Is Guilty, By Suleiman Uba Gaya

We cannot, and shall not, as a nation, condone foreign governments shortchanging our nationals and at the same time making a pretentious public show of friendship towards us. That aggregates to adding salt to an injury. Why President Buhari and NASS must act quickly to save Nigerians in Niger Republic.…
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