Opinion

MINTs and Mayhem: A Tale of Two Nigerias, By Kate Meagher

Amid the media storm surrounding the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, it is hard to remember that just a couple of months ago that same media was celebrating Nigeria’s stellar growth performance and investment potential. Despite lingering structural problems, Nigeria has emerged from the disastrous years of the 1980s and 90s with…
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Opinion

How Nigeria Can Defeat Boko Haram, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Finally we are in the eyes and ears of the world for despicable reasons. Nigeria has been exposed less as a nation state and more as a colony of saboteurs, a den of looters, a congress of bigots and ethnic chauvinists; a geographical hellhole of terrorists that is merely a…
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Opinion

Media Turns Boko Haram into ‘Superstar Monsters,’ By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

My friend's eight-year-old daughter burst into tears while watching a Boko Haram video release on TV the other evening. The terrorist group has been receiving the kind of local and international media coverage that could make even a Hollywood megastar explode with envy. At the current rate, the group's leader,…
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Opinion

Chibok Visit: In Defence of President Jonathan, By Adekoya Boladale

On Wednesday 6th of April 1994, around 8:30pm the Presidential Jet conveying President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda touched the country's airspace after a trip from Tanzania. Few minutes before landing, the Jet was shot down by a radical terror group. The President and all his entourage died instantly thus marking the beginning…
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Opinion

Let’s Build the Army We Deserve, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Many Nigerians were startled with the rude and crude statement by Senator John McCain of the United States that - “We shouldn’t have waited for a practically non-existing government to give us the go ahead before mounting a humanitarian effort to rescue the (Chibok) girls”. Many would wonder what has…
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Opinion

Democratisation of Violence or State of Emergency?, By Babayola Toungo

The request for the extension of the state of emergency in the northeast states tabled before the National Assembly by Goodluck Jonathan and sheepishly approved by the House of Representatives is clear indication that they have harkened to the misinformed call of the Southern Leadership Assembly and not the informed…
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