Guest Columns

The Six Million Dollar Man, By Hussaina Ishaya Audu

“Steve Austin.  Astronaut.  A man barely alive.  Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.  We have the technology.  We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.  Steve Austin will be that man; better than he was before.  Better, stronger, faster!” For those of you who do not have the…
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Opinion

Buccaneers as statesmen, By Chido Onumah

I have always advocated for a full-scale socio-political restructuring of Nigeria. The reason is simple. Unless we do, we will daily, to our collective peril, be confronted with all the tragic fallouts of a dysfunctional nation-state, be it the desire to “#bringbackourgirls” or what Akin Osuntokun, writing in (6/4/2014), described…
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Opinion

Here comes Emperor Jonathan, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

President Jonathan and his regime are best advised to do the business of governance very well and allow the media to do theirs. Since Friday, last week, the government has engaged in an aggressive crackdown of newspapers under the dubious claim of routine security operations. They raided delivery vans, harassed…
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Dele Agekameh

A Military In Tatters And The Senseless Onslaught Against The Media, By Dele Agekameh

It is no longer in contention that the military is in tatters, no thanks to the many years of military dictatorship and the rapacious corruption. It is most apt today for this column to open with the timeless saying “Those who the gods want to destroy, they first make mad”.…
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Democracy and Governance

Biafra, the Ostrich Mentality and Nigeria’s Tragedy, By Okey Ndibe

There is a sense in which the name of the malaise afflicting Nigeria is Biafra. I have argued before—and I must do so again—that Nigeria’s refusal to confront and address the sore of the Biafran War is the chief reason no nation has been able to materialize out of the…
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Guest Columns

How Jonathan, PDP helped Sanusi to become Emir of Kano, By Paul Ibe

Last Friday, Emir Ado Bayero, the longest reigning monarch in the history of the ancient city of Kano passed on to the great beyond. The monarch’s death followed prolonged illness that may have been exacerbated by the traumatic experiences of the Boko Haram attacks in and around the palace and…
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