Columns

COVID-19: Multiplying Narratives, As Nigeria Moves Towards Herd Immunity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The results of serological tests in the countries most affected however show that no country has had much more than 5 per cent of its population infected, while herd immunity would require at least a 60 per cent infection rate. In other words, COVID-19 will be the core problem for…
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Columns

COVID-19: A Golden Opportunity To End the Almajiri Culture, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...we now have a golden opportunity to change the narrative and put the plague behind us once and for all. Leaders at all levels must lead the way in liberating the almajiri and ending a system that is anachronistic to everything normal, ideal, decent and modern. By the time the…
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Opinion

How the North Can Truly End the Almajiri System, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

The time has come for northern governors to lead the campaign on population control. Religious leaders should stop preaching that men should marry more than one wife. All the talk about the Holy Book saying a girl shouldn’t start her menstrual circle in her father’s house is only a message…
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Guest Columns

Facts About The Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law 2019, By Muyiwa Adekeye

Kaduna State’s new law to regulate religious preaching outlaws the use of religion for incitement and encourages respect for the rights of others and compliance with the law in the practise of faith. The new law is yet to be signed by the governor, but it is expected to help…
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Opinion

How Buhari Won The Battle But Lost The War, By SKC Ogbonnia

...while it can be reasoned that Buhari deserves commendation for his victory, because the alternative was definitively The palpable anger trailing Buhari’s victory, including the outright rejection of the results of the poll by the opposition, has more to do with the fact that the president ran a campaign charged…
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Columns

Atiku and El-Rufai’s Body Bag Nationalism, By Festus Adedayo

What could have prompted Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai to make such very volatile comment attributed to him in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) interview programme last week? Could it be due to a boldness acquired over the years in the uncharted field of Nigerian politics? Could the governor, famous…
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Opinion

The Problem With El-Rufai’s Gonin Gora Demolition Threat, By Moses E. Ochonu

As things stand today, El-Rufai is a big part of the Kaduna security problem. He has almost irretrievably divided the State in both political and ethno-religious terms. He has deepened the preexisting divides — Sunni/Shiites, and Muslim/Christian. He lacks the tact and wisdom to govern a complex, ethno-religious State such…
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Columns

Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandates, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what is clear is that this season of primaries has shown the fragility of our democracy. Once again, it has become clear to all that Nigerian democracy has a great weakness because of the lack of respect for internal party democracy and the consequent recurrent disrespect for party rules, particularly…
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