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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Columns

2019: The Shape of Things To Come, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Despite the gloom and political turmoil in the offing, I still believe in the Nigerian spirit of resilience and capacity to brace odds. I also hope the drumbeats of war will be curtailed such that compromises will replace hostilities, good reasoning will replace power mongering, selfishness will replace patriotism and…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Confusing and Dangerous Rhetoric on Herdsmen, By Moses E. Ochonu

The president has been struggling to come to terms with the fact that armed herdsmen of his ethnicity are implicated in repeated massacres across the North and Middle Belt. This explains his waffling attitude and his propensity to reach for external causation beyond the borders of Nigeria, a rhetoric that…
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Columns

Bill Gates, T.Y. Danjuma and Street Life, By Azu Ishiekwene

If the government has any shame left, Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, shouldn’t take the man’s money and yet despise his advice over a lunch invitation. For a government that has swallowed more than it can digest, last week’s extra portion from Bill Gates and Danjuma worsened its constipation. If Aso…
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