Columns

Freeing the Chibok Girls (While Boko Haram Faces a Leadership Crisis), By Ogaga Ifowodo

I have previously argued against negotiations with Boko Yet, in order not to be seen as insensitive to the unspeakable ordeal of the girls (and their parents, not to mention all who grieve with them), President Buhari must explore all avenues for their safe return, including Any prisoner swap deal,…
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Columns

The Theology And Ideology Of Nigerian Violence, By Okey Ndibe

There’s a great challenge and opportunity for mainstream Muslims, those who have declared no overt fatwa on western education. These adherents often stipulate that Islam is founded on peace. It behooves them, then, to make their voices heard in this theological debate between Shekau and al-Barnawi. Two curious events took…
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Hate, the Orlando Massacre and Christian Love, By Adeolu Ademoyo

May the souls of those who died (gays, lesbians, transgender and non-gays, non-lesbians) in the evil in Orlando, Florida rest in peace. “The massacre is a sobering reminder that an attack on any American is an attack on every American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.” - President…
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Opinion

On Radical Islam: Before the World Repeats After Trump, By Majeed Dahiru

Muslims should engage the world and create an atmosphere of peace, enlightenment and justice that Islam is known for. Less than fourty eight hours after the Orlando attacks by a Muslim claiming allegiance to ISIS, another Muslim also claiming allegiance to ISIS has killed a police officer and his wife…
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Opinion

Deradicalisation In Refugee Camps and Beyond, By Alon Ben-Meir

We must bear in mind, however, that as we address the radicalisation phenomenon, we cannot allow ourselves to be possessed by it or permit it to undermine our social and political values, which are the strongest weapons we have to defeat violent extremism. The influx of millions of Syrian refugees…
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Opinion

Libya: Obama’s Failure and Challenging the Dominant Narrative, By Idris Akinbajo

...for Libya, the current UN-backed unity government alongside increasing dialogue among other existing factions in the country may be a way to proceed. Also African countries led by more democratic Nigeria and South Africa must ensure that they no longer play backbencher roles when decisions affecting African countries are being…
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Guest Columns

Why The Brussels Attack Was All But Inevitable, By Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to Western advocacy, stemming radicalisation does not rest as much on democratic reform but on a commitment to human rights. The Arab youth are more concerned with job opportunities and living with dignity, than being given the right to vote while still living in despondency and hopelessness. The horrific…
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Guest Columns

Islamic Military Coalition: Nigeria’s Dangerous Liaison, By Chris Ngwodo

For ideological, historical and strategic reasons, Nigeria should not allow herself to be conscripted into the Saudi sphere of influence. Nigeria’s national security interests are best served by a measured, rather than an uncritical engagement with the Saudis. A definite priority should be strengthening cooperation with regional neighbours to adequately…
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