Opinion

Attorney-General Adoke and the Burden of Memory, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Adoke’s telling of his version of the stories packs a punch. While his parochial account is interesting in and of itself, it is the vignettes he offers when he is not necessarily pleading his own case that make Adoke’s account deserving of attention. A general theme of his is the…
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Columns

The State of Transnational Justice in Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The need for transitional justice mechanisms is rooted in large scale violent conflicts that are multiplying atrocities and displacing communities. Africa, with its numerous wars, insurgencies and illegal mass killings by security forces has the largest need for the mechanisms today. This week I am in Addis Ababa participating in…
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The Bogus Case Against Omoyele Sowore, By Femi Aribisala

These bogus charges against Sowore should be dropped. Barring that, they should be thrown out of court. After the ignominy of the PEPT judgment, the onus is on the Nigerian judiciary to show that it is not in the pocket of the executive. Omoyele Sowore planned a nationwide demonstration against…
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Columns

I Wanted To ‘Insult’ The President, But I Didn’t Want To Go To Jail, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...as you would imagine, I would talk about Sowore whether or not I’ll end up in jail? Why? An injury to one is an injury to all. Let’s not mince words: Filing charges against Sowore for “insulting” the president is laughable, a complete abuse of federal powers and a lowering…
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Masari, Zulum: Tackling A Problem From Its Roots, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Since the Boko Haram insurgency appeared on the scene in 2009, tens of thousands of lives of the civil populace and military personnel have been lost and a large swathe of the country’s territory seized. While the war in the North-East corridors is still raging, another frontier of conflict opened…
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Opinion

South Africa: Attacks Against Nigerians Reflect Our Failure of Governance, By ‘Tope Oriola

The lives of Nigerians will be valued when we begin to elect leaders who know what they are doing. Statecraft needs to improve in Nigeria. Statecraft is serious, demanding socio-scientific business. It is often the difference between impoverished countries (whose citizens are maltreated everywhere) and thriving ones whose citizens are…
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Nigeria: The Injustice Pressure-Cooker Must Not Burst, By Jibrin Ibrahim

She notes that the country-wide patterns include the excessive use of lethal force by the police and military, in violation of applicable international standards, the lack of effective investigations, the absence of meaningful prosecution and the militarisation of policing. The result, she says, is further mistrust and breakdown of confidence…
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The Tail Wags South Africa-Nigeria Dog, By Azu Ishiekwene

South Africa appears to be fighting for its future, but it’s taking on the wrong enemies. Among other things, the authorities must now crackdown on hate crimes, review the country’s broken immigration system and create more opportunities in the townships. Politicians must take responsibility. One of the most telling summaries…
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Opinion

Buhari’s New Thrust At Crisis Management, By Ibrahim Sheme

The new ministry is expected to coordinate and execute the duties of these agencies in order to provide the social security direly needed by Nigerians. The situation whereby victims of emergencies (refugees, kidnap or brigandage, etc.) are rehabilitated and left to go aimlessly without any provision to cushion any aftershocks…
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