Opinion

Nigeria’s Present Rectangle of Tragedy, By Gimba Kakanda

In the past six years, no people have been so cruelly, and almost unanimously, ridiculed like members of the Nigerian armed forces. They've become the butt of our jokes, and scapegoat of every security lapse; and our anger, though understandable, is often misplaced, and directed at the wrong party. Ever…
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Abubakar Gimba: Tribute to a Pacifist Ideologue, By Gimba Kakanda

A week ago, at a gathering of literary minds, we discussed him, his books, and even his health, which had, I informed my friends gathered, stalled his literary productivity in recent years. It was a friend from below the Niger who made him the subject of our conversation in his…
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Columns

Disarming Nuhu Ribadu’s Partisan Critics, By Gimba Kakanda  

The biggest fraud we may witness in the forthcoming elections may be the foreseen exploitation of General Muhammadu Buhari’s coattail effect, already being espoused to hoodwink overexcited electorate by disadvantaged members of his party. We’ve built a dangerous political culture, with a thing as cheap as political education scarce, where…
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An Appeal to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Sir, I don’t know where, and how really, to begin this without coming out as yet another cultural dissident. For once, perhaps because of my recognition of your heightened illusion of patriotism, the temptation to ask an elder to shut up, is no longer resistible. I want, dear Sir,…
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Columns

Nigeria’s Season of Political Voltrons, By Gimba Kakanda   

I always feel my age telling on me whenever I had to explain what Voltron is, what it was to us as kids in the second half of the 1980s and the early 1990s, to my younger friends. Voltron, which has now become an everyday lexicon in Nigeria’s social media communication, now used to mean an “uncritical defender”, was a “character” – a giant robot piloted by…
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Columns

It’s Christmas in Chibok, Mr. President! By Gimba Kakanda

You know what this is about. But, have you contacted their family to understand the meaning and depth of sorrow? Which family? This is the reason for this reminder. While you feast, in the spirit of this sacred season, sharing love with your political family, especially the billionaire donors, there…
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Columns

Counterterrorism: A Time to Act, By Gimba Kakanda

As I write this, the place our politicians and their accomplices used to refer to as "the northeast" in their scheming for power and measurements of their influences in the power game, the very place the nation's implicit commander-in-chief once referred to as "fringes", as against the "mainstream" territories of his and his colleagues' residences,…
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