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

Governor Wike, COVID-19 and the “Doctrine of Necessity”, By Inibehe Effiong

Governor Wike and others cannot just wake up and ban entry into and exit from a state through executive fiat. Similarly, lockdown cannot be enforced without legal basis. Freedom of movement is a fundamental right guaranteed by Section 41 of the Constitution. It is not a right that can be…
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Opinion

Like Governor Nyesom Wike, Like Abraha, By Murtadha Gusau

I call on all Muslims throughout Nigeria to remain calm, peaceful and law-abiding. Let us not copy Governor Wike's despicable attitudes and unruly behaviours. Let us show the world that Islam is the religion of peace. Sunday, Muharram 1st, 1441 (September 1st, 2019) In the name of Allah, Most Merciful,…
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Columns

Wike, the GOC and Oil Bunkering, By Azu Ishiekwene

Wike’s statement was not for the benefit of the visiting JTF commander. It was to get the attention of Rotimi Amaechi, his political rival in Abuja; the Army chief, and through them, President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever the governor’s motive, however, the statement is serious enough for the Army to empanel…
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Columns

Missing Secret In Yari’s Masterclass, By Azu Ishiekwene

We need governors who can find a way to cut-out fat in useless bureaucracies, keep overheads low and shun unnecessary foreign trips. Those who will reward talent, invest in education and health and let citizens know that uncontrolled population is a time bomb. We need thinking Zamfara State governor and…
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Columns

Wike and the Misadventure of Prince Charles, By Louis Odion

Mindful of the facts of history - whether recent or ancient, the observation by activist Wike would seem even too charitable. On the contrary, the institution that Prince Charles represents certainly still has a lot of explanation to make to the swamp-dwellers of the Niger Delta. The debt owed by…
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Columns

APC: Facing the Stark Reality of the Atiku Challenge, By Louis Odion

...APC will have to really dig deep into its creative reserve for a coherent message to counter the Atiku’s gospel of restructuring, which undeniably resonates well with the largely progressive values of the zone, beyond the ready excuse that having a Yorubaman as Buhari’s runningmate is an assurance of the…
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Columns

Odili, Ekpu @ 70: Of Patriarchs and their Progenies, By Louis Odion

Fiercely devoted to Catholic values, Odili treasures family. The spirit of solidarity easily discernible in the nuclear family he has built is perhaps only equalled by the durability of the political home he knitted together. It is perhaps a measure of his dexterity that that unit has managed to stand…
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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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