Editorial

EDITORIAL: Boko Haram attacks, an inept government and the survival of the Nigerian state

On Tuesday, in an act of breathtaking savagery, members of the extremist Boko Haram sect murdered more than 40 innocent children in their school in Yobe State. For sheer barbarism, there is nothing to compare it - except of course the killing last year of another set of students in…
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Opinion

To All Human Beings Who Manage To Be Human, By Wubushet Taye

Discussing these types of issues is forbidden,” said the warder rudely and added, “You are only allowed to discuss family matters”. You might suspect that these words were spoken by one of our beloved mother Ethiopia’s prison officers. However, they are actually taken from Maxim Gorky’s 1906 story Mother (page…
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Opinion

Blueprint For Fighting Electoral Impunity, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

In June 2013, the National Human Rights Commission launched a review to find out whether the decisions of Nigerian courts and tribunals on legal challenges to election returns disclosed any evidence in support of criminal, administrative or other misconduct by or against any known persons. The review team comprises seven…
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Opinion

Reflections on Guinea’s Roller Coaster Transition, By Mathias Hounkpe

When Guinea’s Supreme Court announced the final results of the legislative elections on November 15, 2013, Guineans finally, and quite understandably, breathed a massive sigh of relief. This long-awaited sense of reprieve came after elections took place on September 28th, following numerous postponements, nearly three years of political and social…
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Opinion

Why Jonathan Must Protect Shettima, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

When information crept into town last weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan had hatched a grand plan to replace the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, many a Nigerian would rather believe it than the half-hearted denials that followed. The President’s open display of emotion and anger over the issue at…
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Opinion

The Unending Military Siege to Delta State, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Delta is a densely populated state that also happens to house a vast amount of oil and gas. The Sapele-Warri-Ughelli corridor, extending to Port Harcourt, is the industrial and commercial heartbeat of the state and has a high volume of vehicular traffic. A testimony to the socio-economic importance of this…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Political Mafiosi and the trial of Mallam Lamido Sanusi, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Sanusi's suspension (sack) is another low in the never-ending cascade of impunity, catch-me-if-you-can gerrymandering and unprecedented extortionist episodes this Jonathan of a man drowns us in. And so it was that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi broke the silence code and ticked off the political Mafiosi headed by the Grand Mafioso -…
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