Guest Columns

Unravelling Boko Haram and Rebuilding North-East Nigeria, By Yemi Osinbajo

What the stories of the Chibok girls and that of the converted suicide bomber point to is the certain defeat of Boko Haram insurgency and the waning resonance of its underpinning ideology. While we had to put troops on the ground to liberate occupied territories and free captive people in…
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Guest Columns

The Importance of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, By Chris Ngwodo

We owe the BBOG activists a debt of gratitude for not letting us retreat further than we already have from the norms of civilisation, for being rare exemplars of moral courage in the public square. The Chibok families deserve our compassion and sympathy. Their tireless advocates deserve our respect. When…
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Columns

Freeing the Chibok Girls (While Boko Haram Faces a Leadership Crisis), By Ogaga Ifowodo

I have previously argued against negotiations with Boko Yet, in order not to be seen as insensitive to the unspeakable ordeal of the girls (and their parents, not to mention all who grieve with them), President Buhari must explore all avenues for their safe return, including Any prisoner swap deal,…
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Opinion

The Hadiza Bala Usman They Don’t Know, By Uba Sani

In placing the young but extremely energetic and innovative Hadiza Bala Usman at the helm of the Nigerian Ports Authority, President Muhammadu Buhari abundantly underscored the direction of the new Nigeria: a nation where mediocrity will no longer find space; a nation where the energy of young, educated, talented, patriotic…
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Opinion

Is Buhari a President of Northern Nigeria?, By ‘Tope Oriola

...is Buhari a president of Northern Nigeria? The talakawa of the North have also been negatively affected by Buhari’s babalawo economics. There are Northerners who are unhappy with his geographically favouritist, sexist and ageism-in-reverse appointments. I don’t think Buhari would be remembered as the president of Northern Nigeria. Unless the…
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Columns

Amina, Sambisa, and the Parable of a Wobbly Nigeria, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari’s burden is to view and treat every Nigerian with the same concern and solicitude he showed to Amina. All Nigerians, not just Amina, deserve access to sound healthcare, good education, and the opportunity to realise their potential. A peculiarly Nigerian type of frenzy happened last week. The event…
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Columns

56 Thousand Naira Minimum Wage and the Category of the “Impossible”, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Of course the important question is not the fact that they are not paying, but why are they not paying?... What can be paid or not paid is always a question of choices made within a number of possibilities, and the category “impossible to pay” is a choice not to…
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Opinion

Enugu Massacre and the Hypocrisy of Northern Governors, By Jude Ndukwe

The era of browbeating other sections of the country into submission is over! There is a new reality on the ground now. There is a new generation of stubborn Nigerians who are ready to fight to keep the sanctity of their people’s God-given dignity than allow any person or group…
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Opinion

Investing In Human Capital Development In Africa: A Contribution from Yola, Nigeria, By Atiku Abubakar

...while philanthropy and entrepreneurship have an important role to play in promoting human capital development in Africa, African states, like states everywhere, have the primary responsibility for security, education, healthcare and environmental protection and the provision of good governance. Private efforts, including philanthropy, are not a substitute for carefully targeted…
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