Columns

Kano: When the Insolent Meets the Unthinkable, By Louis Odion

What then sadly makes the emerging Kano story more of a fable of villains without any hero is that Sanusi himself inadvertently dug his own political grave. The undertakers apparently arrived last week with a hurriedly contrived law creating four new districts, bringing the emirates to five in what relives…
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Opinion

Kano Film Village: Throwing the Baby Away With the Bathwater?, By Jaafar Jaafar

Its is also sad that the president only had listening ears to cries against a film village, while the cries against inflation, hardship, high electricity tariffs and fuel price increase have fallen on deaf ears so far. When an ultramodern abattoir began operation in 1982 in Challawa, some Kano clerics…
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Guest Columns

Magaji Abdullahi: The Governor That Never Was, By Jaafar Jaafar

His passage yesterday marks the burial of a dogged but jinxed political pursuit, flamboyant campaigns and unfulfilled Magaji Abdullahi, 69, died after a brief illness, leaving behind a wife, five children and many May his soul rest in peace. He was a dogged political fighter, a daring politician, but arguably…
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Guest Columns

The Ganduje/Kwankwaso Feud: A Neutral View, By Jaafar Jaafar

Now that the thorny relationship between the two politicians has manifested like a rash of blisters on a chicken pox patient, I pity the two giants for having years to spend fighting before the next round of elections. In December 1998, several nocturnal meetings, often ending in stalemate, were held…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Absurd Political Theatre, By Jide Omotinugbon

...in the South-West, the supposed centre of academic excellence in Nigeria, Alhaji Busari Adelakun, who Pa Awo reputedly called “Eru o b’odo” (fear no foe) as a commissioner under the Bola Ige administration in Oyo State in the 1970s/80s, was asked what he saw to the then raging students’ unrest.…
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Columns

Investigations of Mega Looting Must Continue, But Must Be Lawful, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In his book Peace and Violence in Nigeria, Professor Tekena Tamuno reminds us that when Buhari came to power in January 1984, he was regularly attacked for being “as slow as a tortoise”. Newspaper pundits compared his slow pace to the extremely fast pace with which General Murtala Mohammed hit…
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Columns

The Day the PDP Died: Long Live the PDP, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) might have died on the day it celebrated the 15th anniversary of its creation on August 31, 2013. On that day, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the governors of Niger, Babangida Aliyu; Sokoto, Aliyu Wammako; Jigawa, Sule Lamido; Kano, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Adamawa, Muritala…
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