Guest Columns

Boko Haram: A Manifestation of State Failure; Not the Nature of Islam, By Muhammad Sanusi II

Let me stress that I do not believe that every marginalised or poor Muslim is an extremist. However, I believe the point has been made that certain social and economic conditions are fertile ground for breeding violent movements — be they religious extremists or ethnic militia or just criminal gangs.…
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Columns

Before We Grant Amnesty To Boko Haram, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

At some point, we will need amnesty for the truly repentant — not the arrested — insurgents. But first, the government and people like Gaidam must understand it cannot be hinged on the Niger Delta amnesty model. The government must be able to differentiate captured from repentant insurgents. I’ve been…
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Borno and Nigeria’s Growing Distance from the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past few weeks, the National Assembly, political and civil society have made clear demands that the service chiefs whose terms have expired should make way for a new set of leaders that might be able to bring renewed zeal and tactics into security revisioning. The president has however…
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Obiageli Mazi: Why No Nigerian Teacher Should Earn $100 Or Less Monthly, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

Honestly, I was expecting people to express their anger and dissatisfaction with a system that pays a teacher who has been on the job for 31 years a meagre N35,000 per For someone to invest that number of years in schooling and still earn less than $100 a month after…
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Columns

Boko Haram: The Politics of Targeted Killing of Christians, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When people know that they are being targeted and killed for their belief, it does not help much to tell them that they are also being manipulated, because they know that their victimhood is linked to their faith. To understand the manipulation component, they must see more concerted state action…
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Guest Columns

Who Shall Overcome?: Islamic Extremism in Northern Nigeria, By Kate Meagher

While appropriate military measures are required to end the insurgency, the importance of more inclusive statecraft and economic policy cannot be over-emphasised. It is not Islamic ideologies that have produced the tinderbox of extremism, but narrow market ideologies that have pushed the disaffected to desperation. The rise of violent Islamic…
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Opinion

Imagine If Leah Sharibu Was A Nigerian President’s Daughter, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

Is it possible for a child of any sitting Nigerian president to suffer the fate of Leah? The federal government will leave no stone unturned in its bid to rescue the president’s child. If it means deploying the entire nation’s military power to fight the Boko Haram sect or spending…
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Columns

Ake Festival 2019: Grey Matter From Africa’s Literary Giants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was an opportunity for us Africans to situate ourselves on the world stage, not so much to compare ourselves with others but to ask ourselves two questions: What stories can we tell and what experiences should we reflect upon to inspire us to improve our lives and livelihoods? Secondly,…
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