Columns

Edo, Ondo, the Frozen Daddy and Petrol Tales, By Reuben Abati

“Keep talking until people begin to die inside this your market of cruel forces. You people have increased VAT. You have increased electricity tariffs by over 100 per cent. Inflation is per cent. Interest rate on savings is a miserable per cent. Prices of rice, beans, pepper and tomatoes have…
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Opinion

Press Freedom On A Darkling Plain In Nigeria, By Jide Jimoh

We are witnesses to these significant events that have blighted the record of Nigeria as a press-friendly nation. It has become an incremental foray in the ignominy of incessant attacks on the press and freedom of speech generally. The zenith, so far, of that ignominy, is contained in the recent…
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Columns

Removing “Hate” From Speech, By Uddin Ifeanyi

By proposing the death penalty for “hate speech”, the Nigerian Senate, through possible restrictions on the kinds of conversation without which a democracy may not function properly, may itself be guilty of propagating “hate speech”. Against our nascent democracy! “Hate speech”! Almost out of thin air, and over the last…
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Opinion

Let’s Talk About Hate Speech, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...visionary leadership is needed to mediate bitterness and mis-understanding and give every section of Nigeria a sense of equal worth, not necessarily attained at the expense of others. In this enterprise, however, Nigeria has largely been The PDP governments of recent years made a mess. President Buhari promised to change…
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Opinion

Prohibition of Hate Speech As An Acceptable Restriction of Freedom of Expression?, By Nonso Robert Attoh

Even though the hate speeches aired on Radio Biafra and the hate song released by Northern elements and many other manifestations of hate speech in our national space cannot be caught by any new legislation criminalising hate speech because of the principle of non-retroactivity of criminal legislation (section 4(9) and…
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Columns

Heroes of Secession and Quit Notice Threats, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Garuba is gone, but his brother who narrated the story could have magnified it to fit into the current hate narrative, if he so desired. These are people we should celebrate, and not paper tigers, attention seekers and those who hide under political correctness and skilfully planted seeds of discord,…
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Columns

Rural Banditry: From the Crisis of Nomadism to State Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Rural banditry in West Africa has exploded on the basis a long-term crisis located in climate change. As the climate becomes drier, there is an increase in the southward migration of pastoralists from the Sahelian belt in search of water and pastures for their livestock, creating pressures on the available…
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