Guest Columns

Why Sri Lanka is No Model for Nigeria, By Andrew Stroehlein

To crush Boko Haram insurgents, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters last week declared it would employ the “Sri Lankan method.” It’s hard to imagine a worse idea. Boko Haram’s brutal campaign in northern Nigeria demands urgent action to protect the civilian population. The militant Islamist group’s atrocities have killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands to flee…
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Democracy and Governance

Sanusi II and the Prospects of Radical Emirship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I start my column today with an apology to my teacher and mentor, Prof A. D. Yahaya who taught me that the idea of radicalism and emirship are completely antithetical. The Northern Aristocracy, he taught us, were incorporated into the British system of Native Administration to oppress the people as…
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Femi Fani-Kayode

The National Conference And The Explosive Words of Dr. Junaid Mohammed, By Femi Fani-Kayode

According to the June 10 edition of the Punch Newspaper, in a story titled ''Ethnic Suspicions Haunt National Conference'', the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, who is a delegate at the National Conference representing Kano State, said he still did not…
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Adeolu Ademoyo

Boko Haram and The Limit of Two Narratives, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Two narratives have dominated the “understanding” and “solutions” to the evil called Boko Haram. The government of President Goodluck Jonathan, his party, PDP, and the defenders of the government hold the first narrative. Two categories of Nigerians subscribe to a second narrative. First category of people are associated with the…
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Article of Faith

Article of Faith: God does not Desire any Sacrifice for Sins, By Femi Aribisala

Since God does not desire any sacrifice, Jesus cannot be a sacrifice for sins. Quoting Hosea, Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’” (Matthew 9:13). One of the tragedies of contemporary Christianity is that Christians have refused to follow this injunction of Jesus.…
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Ebeneezer Obadare

Festus Odimegwu and the Military Question, By Ebenezer Obadare

Once you set aside the crass immodesty and off-putting self-congratulation, there is actually a lot to ruminate on in the interview recently granted ThisDay newspaper by Mr. Festus Odimegwu, former managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Breweries PLC, and former Chairman, National Population Commission of Nigeria. With his take no prisoners approach,…
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