Guest Columns

Davis, Soyinka and the Boko Haram “Sponsors”, By Ikeogu Oke

If anyone said to my hearing that a US President – say Ronald Reagan – was a Soviet spy during the Cold War, I would react incredulously and dismiss the statement outright. So would I if told, with the speaker expecting me to agree, that Chief Obafemi Awolowo, after declaring…
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As Suntai saunters into Jalingo… By Jaafar Jaafar

It was about 7:40pm in late October, 2012 when Pilot Danbaba Danfulani Suntai maneuvered the landing gear of his aircraft, a Cessna 208, for the final descent. It was already dark, and the most visible illumination around Namtari village, located on the outskirt of Yola, was the NNPC depot. Pilot Suntai mistook…
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Guest Columns

The Ideal Nigerian President, By Tolu Ogunlesi

It all started when Nigerians woke up one recent fictional morning to find the newspapers full of adverts by a group that called itself the Sensible Nigeria Coalition (SNC). The adverts called for a citizen-led National Conference at which Nigerians would debate and determine the most important qualities needed in…
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Oritsejafor and Company: Tainted and Jittery… By Muyiwa Adekeye

When light unexpectedly shines on murkiness, those exposed by the stinging rays often berate   the light rather than regret the muck. That is the plight of Ayo Oritsejafor whose private jet was identified as the vessel impounded by the South African authorities for ferrying $ cash into their country. A…
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Guest Columns

The 2014 Nigerian National Conference: Facts Nigerians Must Know, By C.D. Orike

  Before January 1914, there was no COUNTRY in the world called and known as NIGERIA. The Northern territory of what is now known as Nigeria was inhabited by different independent ethnic nationalities, kingdoms and some socio-economic formations. The JIHAD brought about the imposition of Islamic religion on the people…
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Four Plausible Reasons for Recent War Gains, By Garba Shehu

Recent successes by the Nigerian Military against the raging insurgency in the North-East seem to inspire confidence that the nation can, afterall halt the loss life of innocent persons and of territory to a needlessly protracted conflict. The army has done commendable work in similar situations in West Africa in…
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Septembers to Remember, By Akin Adesokan

This month, this year, mark two unusual milestones: the anniversary of the birth ninety years ago of Amílcar Cabral, the much-lamented revolutionary leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, PAIGC, and the centenary of Robert Kweku Gardiner, a Ghanaian bureaucrat and statesman. Robert Kweku…
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