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The Impending Betrayal of Muhammadu Buhari, By Femi Aribisala

When Muhammadu Buhari ran for president in 2011, he made a solemn pledge to Nigerians: “This campaign is the third and last one for me. I will not offer myself again for election into the office of president.” Buhari was persuaded to break this pledge because Bola Tinubu made him…
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From Chibok With Love, By Wole Soyinka

Perhaps Humanists should pause from time to time and ask themselves a simple, straightforward, even neighbourly question: what do religionists really want?  Not what they worship  –  that is beyond rational comprehension for many but – what do they really seek?   After all, society is built on the practical, unavoidable principle of co-existence.…
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Nigeria Through The Lens Of An Indian Diplomat, By Tolu Ogunlesi

Mahesh Sachdev, India's High Commissioner to Nigeria for five years, until October 2013, has written a book about Nigeria. It is an interesting idea in its execution; meant, not as an account of diplomat's time in Nigeria (so anyone looking for juicy, Wiki-leak-like tidbits on the 2009 deportation of the Vaswani…
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The Brave Hunter’s Tale, the Military and the State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria continues to lose territory to the Boko Haram insurgency and we are moving fast along the path of a complete takeover of a significant part of the country by terrorists. As our country gradually loses its sovereignty, the actions that define political behaviour consists of the insurgents perpetrating violence,…
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The Legal Challenge of Insurgency in Nigeria, By Femi Falana

A former American Ambassador, Mr. John Campbell, has predicted that the Nigeria would not survive the 2015 General Election on account of unprecedented political violence . Not a few other analysts have also foretold that the insurgency raging in the north east region would lead to the balkanization of the…
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Kongi: Portrait of Africa’s Premier Public Intellectual, By Chidi Odinkalu

I’m entirely unsure why I was chosen to lead a conversation on Wole Soyinka (Kongi) as a public intellectual, convinced as I am that I am probably unqualified for that role. It is, nevertheless, proper to acknowledge the utility of convening this conversation in honour of a man for whom…
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