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Opinion

A young Nigerian grieves the loss of his brother to militiamen, By Nicholas Ibekwe

Last May a police officer in northern Nigeria was brutally slaughtered by militiamen, but to this day no one has been held accountable. His brother, our reporter in Lagos, remains tormented by the injustice. My brother, Christian, was gruesomely killed alongside over 90 other policemen by Ombatse cultists-cum-militiamen in Nasarawa,…
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Opinion

APC Senators defy party’s directive, screen military chiefs

At least seven senators of the oppositionAll Progress Congress, APC, on Monday participated in the screening of military chiefs nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan last week, in an apparent defiance of the party’s directive that its members block the exercise and similar executive proposals to the National Assembly. Senators Attai…
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Opinion

Why the gay lobby failed in Nigeria, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In the last two decades, I have modified my views on homosexuality; from outright antagonism to polite indifference. I remained in the empty vast land of no bother, until the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was signed into law on January 7. In this country, it is now a…
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Opinion

Tsaraba from an adventurous journalist (I), By Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

Before you start checking your dictionary let me start by explaining that tsaraba is not an English word. It simply means a present or a gift brought by a person from a journey.  In Hausa culture, as with many other cultures, the family looks forward to the tsaraba the head…
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Opinion

Billionaire House Helps, By Okey Ndibe

Nigeria’s (misnamed) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule for the 2015 set of general “elections.” The presidential and National Assembly “elections” will be held on February 14, 2015, followed by state “elections” on February 28, 2015. I have put elections in quotes to underscore a given: the…
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Economy

The MPC’s Effect On The Domestic Balloon, By Ifeanyi Uddin

At its first meeting this year, held Monday last week in Abuja, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s rate-setting committee (the Monetary Policy Committee — MPC) opted to tighten monetary policy. Reflecting on this decision, I am still not sure which is the more surprising of the committee’s decision: the MPC’s…
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