Opinion

Gani Fawehinmi: Defiance As A Cause, By Lanre Arogundade and Hassan Soweto

In examining the situation of Nigeria, ten years after his demise, it is understandable if vast sections of Nigerian masses continue to wish that Gani was still alive to lead the battles for the social, economic and political advancement of the country. To say that things have turned worse since…
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Opinion

Banditry in Nigeria – A Brief History of A Long War, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

• The execution of Lawrence Anini Quite clearly, successive regimes in Nigeria have, in different ways, made efforts, mostly futile or counter-productive, to address the different kinds of banditry that they confronted. The difference this time it seems, is the government of the day appears not to be much bothered…
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Columns

For Femi Falana and Kunle Ajibade: Sixty Hurrahs to Courage and Conviction, By Ogaga Ifowodo

These two tribunes of truth and justice recently marked their sixtieth anniversary in a beautiful land made almost unliveable on any proper index of healthy They can’t hear me, but I am shouting sixty hurrays in the first instance, and sixty more (for I wish them a very long life),…
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Opinion

Towards the 25th Anniversary of June 12 Presidential Election (3), By Eric Teniola

On June 29, 1992, Gani Fawehinmi, Femi Falana, Segun Mayegun, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Baba Omojola were released from prison on bail. And, on July 4, 1992, elections were held into the two houses of the National Assembly. The National Republican Conventions (NRC) won 32 Senate seats and 275 in the…
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Opinion

Aligning Organisation With Programme In Leftist Politics, By Edwin Madunagu

...the Left may need to re-possess and then revise, thus recreating, their inherited theory of organisation called democratic centralism. With the internet and the social media creatively employed the new leap could be a double or triple one! One major problem limiting the national effectiveness and impact of the Nigerian…
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Opinion

Further Notes On People’s Manifesto In Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

The people’s manifesto should be a manifesto of struggle. In this sense it should be aimed at achieving or creating the conditions for achieving three minimum objectives within a specified period. The first objective is to concretely ameliorate the harsh material lives of the popular masses and the conditions under…
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Opinion

20 Years After Fela: Yesterday’s Message As Today’s Reality, By Lanre Arogundade

If Fela’s music connects generations, if his music fills the air during mass movements as witnessed during the anti-fuel price hike protests and rallies of January 2012 and if his music would dominate the airwaves again this October, it is because in the final analysis he remains the ultimate prophet…
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Opinion

To Raufu Mustapha, a Huge Debt of Gratitude, By Salihu Mohammed Lukman

Academically, I considered myself a disappointment to Raufu’s generation of organic working class intellectuals. I will remain indebted to him and many in his generation for overlooking my academic shortcomings and putting me on a career path that till today continues to challenge my commitment to the struggles of the…
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