Columns

Even With the Word “Revolution”; Protest Is Not Equal To Treason Or Terrorism, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The crimes of treason, treasonable felony and terrorism are serious offences and it is simply unacceptable to categorise simple protesters as people who have committed such crimes. In this case, protests against the worsening security situation in the be translated into serious crimes, even if the word "revolution" has been…
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Opinion

The Omens Are Here Again, But Are We Heeding the Augurs?, By Banji Ojewale

Today, there are congruous conditions some three decades after. The sages are warning again. Government must cease talking and listening to itself so it can hear when someone in the crowd issues the legend, beware the ides of March. In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, the eponymous character is warned…
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Opinion

Legal and Security Implications of Proscribing the IMN, By Abba Hikima

The Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2013, further expands the implication of tagging organisations as ‘terrorist groups’ to include meting out stricter punishment to not only members of the organisation who automatically become terrorists by virtue of their identification with the group, but also to all members of…
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The Nigerian State and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It appears that there is an attempt to push the Shi'ites in Nigeria to popular revolt. We have enough insurgencies and violent conflicts in Nigeria and should not encourage martyrdom. The Nigerian state and the civil populace should be careful and beware of pushing the country towards more violent conflicts.…
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Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing Spree, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is very sad, disturbing and totally unacceptable that the Nigerian Army established to protect the lives of Nigerians would regularly resort to the use of a section of Nigerians as cannon fodder. The issue at stake is that the Nigerian State and its armed forces have taken the position…
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The Shi’a Uprising and the Rule of Law, By Majeed Dahiru

...we must be guided by the rule of law to reverse the fast deteriorating security situation posed by the current Shi'ite uprising. The continuous detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in defiance of the orders of courts of law, can only push the Shi'ite…
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The Urgency of Peace Building In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Given the scale and depth of insecurity and break down of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, we need to focus our attention on building effective institutions, with emphasis on peace building. There is urgency in the institutionalisation of conflict management, resolution and peace building mechanisms in the country. “I love my…
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Imperative of a Return to Policing Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Moving forward, the government should ensure the presence of the Nigeria Police in every community and other flash point areas for effective maintenance of law and order. The army is not trained for dealing with civil tensions, so an immediate effort is required to make the police authorities revisit the…
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