Opinion

Between the Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian Visions of Nigeria’s Development, By Ejeviome Otobo & Oseloka H. Obaze

Those Nigerians who support the view that the herdsmen should retain their existing herding practises would appear to belong to the Jeffersonian school; while others who advocate the development of the entire value chain of the political economy of cattle rearing would utterly belong to the Hamiltonian school. The herders-farmers…
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Columns

Bishop of Truro, Extremism and Religious Persecution in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general view of the workshop participants, in my understanding, was that the Bishop of Truro, by his terms of reference, worked from the answer to the question and therefore found what he was asked to look for. Many participants pointed out that there is indeed evidence of the targeting…
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Opinion

The Promised Land of Ruga: A Time Bomb, By Miriam Shehu

Who are the president’s advisers? Had the Nigerian government proceeded with the Ruga initiative, principally, how do you even select allottees given the poor ID and record keeping system? How do you now establish a distinction between Nigerian Fulanis and foreign Fulanis who have arrived the country on the premise…
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Columns

The Trajectory of Mass Killings, Atrocities and Scorched Earth In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The core problem therefore is that the state is largely absent in rural Nigeria, in terms of its role in social and security provisioning. There is widespread poverty, absence of social and physical infrastructure, access roads, schools and primary health centres. The state is however present as an organ of…
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Columns

Is the Media Truly Siding With Farmers Against Herdsmen?, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Since I first publicly made these arguments, a few people have said my experiences aren’t representative of the entire picture. I have asked to be pointed in the direction of journalists who have set foot on villages of Fulani herdsmen, so I read their findings, learn and unlearn. Is it…
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Columns

Nigeria’s Helmsman and His Herdsmen, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...the primary solution is first for the government to possess the political will to deal with the killers. The Goodluck Jonathan government didn’t have it — yes, even Jonathan turned a blind eye to it, particularly when Boko Haram began gaining ground. On the evidence of what we’ve seen so…
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Opinion

Unraveling Execution Trap As Challenge To Nigeria’s Economic Recovery, By Tunji Olaopa

...one of the direct consequences of the reform of the governance and administrative structures and institutions of the Nigerian state should be the adequate diversification of the Nigerian economy away from its unhealthy dependence on the oil sector. Economic diversification only speaks to a state’s creative capacity to read the…
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Opinion

An Eye for An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind, By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

...these sorts of stance make no sense. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. If the slaughter of 73 people by herdsmen in Benue is barbaric, wicked, and condemnable, the killing of seven Fulanis by irate mob in Benue State is likewise inhuman. All is not well…
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Columns

Pastoralist/Farmers Crises In Benue: The Fulani Narrative on the Search for Moderation, By Jibrin Ibrahim

One of the high points of the meeting was the Association’s passionate appeal to the minister of Agriculture, Mr. Audu Ogbeh to drop the idea of cattle colonies. They explained that they are being falsely accused of acting as colonisers and the use of the term 'colony' by government is…
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Opinion

Where Are Nigeria’s Sociologists?, By ‘Tope Fasua

A proper understanding and deployment of sociological knowledge and skills at the topmost level of our governments today could really help, beyond merely acquiring guns to take to zones where misunderstandings have now led to the breakdown of peace and order. Most of Nigeria’s problems are telling us to wake…
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