Guest Columns

Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects for Sustainability, By Nuhu Ribadu

Why Corruption? I will not indulge in much academic exercise of textbook definition of corruption. I am a practical person, not an academic, I would therefore speak largely on practical terms. In simple terms, we can say corruption is an evil that is very much recognisable. When you see corruption,…
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Opinion

In Ondo State, A June 12 Celebration With A Refreshing Difference, By Lanre Arogundade

...the stage play was evidence that drama, among others, is also about history and what we witnessed was a good historical recall of the epic June 12 event and struggle, suggesting that the play should go national and indeed be taken to Abuja for next year's June 12 celebrations. I…
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Opinion

Almajiranci: A Literary Perspective, By Isa Sanusi

Cheikh Hamidou Kane, the Senegalese writer whose work, "Ambiguous Adventure" (1961) dealt with the dilemma of bringing up a child in the context of African culture, Islam and the Western influence, best describes where northern Nigeria is today. Statistics can be scary. But because they are largely abstract, we move…
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Columns

Buratai’s Bruises On Nigerian Troops, By Festus Adedayo

Whether the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, failed to think through his statement last Tuesday condemning Nigerian military troops who are on the frontline of fighting the Boko Haram insurgency or he was just being magisterial like all bosses do, the import and symbolism of that waffling condemnation,…
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Opinion

History Through the Headlines (3), By Muni King-Keazor & Ed Emeka Keazor

...in 1964, he composed the track, 'Ewu n'ebe akwa'. This song was performed at a club in Kano in 1966, shortly after the January 15 coup attempt, and it led to a near riot, as it was rather unwisely misapplied by a small number of individuals in tactless jest, referencing…
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Opinion

Nigerian Politics: What Goes Around, Comes Around, By Eric Teniola

Dr. Ekwueme, Chief Ezeoke, Professor Osinbajo and Femi Gbajabiamila are lawyers. Incidentally, Professor Osinbajo and Gbajabiamila are old boys of Igbobi College, Lagos. As they say, what goes around, comes around. Personal interest, not regional or religious interest, is the first priority of every politician. Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (1932-2017),…
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Guest Columns

Bard of the River Nun, By Niyi Osundare

(Remembering Gabriel Imomotimi Okara, 1929–2019) . . . .my river’s calling too ……………………..…… And each dying year brings near the sea-bird call the final call that stills the crested waves ……. As is almost invariably the case with every visionary poet/artist, Gabriel Okara has his epitaph secreted somewhere in the…
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Opinion

Nigerian Diversity, Criminality and the False Drums of War, By Adewale Ajadi

I wonder then why those who should know better are beating drums of conflict against the Fulani. Our history with the Fulani cannot justify the response. Furthermore, why are all the Fulani lumped together in this pursuit of conflict? Surely, every ethnic group has their criminals and one of the…
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