Opinion

Kano Emirate: The Need For Utmost Caution, By Murtadha Gusau

"During the First Republic (1960-1966), the civilian administration in Kano was instituted by the leftists. The Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) won and ruled Kano State. The administration of the Second Republic (1979-1983) under the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) was equally a leftist party. Both administrations criticised traditional institutions and…
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Columns

Recalling Former Governor Rimi’s Attempt To Diminish the Emir of Kano, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On April 1, 1981, Governor Rimi created four new emirs who were declared to be co-equal with the emir of Kano – those of Auyo, Dutse, Gaya and Rano. It was not an April Fool joke. The emirs were becoming a crowd in the old Kano Sate, as the other…
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Columns

Kano Politics and the Decline of Values, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The value that emerged from rigging and cynical “development” can only push the people further away from democratic politics. If the peoples' votes do not count, then the values that would triumph in future would be violence and thuggery. Nonetheless, we cannot give up on the core value of accountability.…
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Opinion

Joseph Tarka and the Tiv/Fulani Clash That Still Lingers, By Eric Teniola

The Tiv/Fulani crisis in Benue State has been on for too long. The older generation passed this crisis to the present one in a unresolved form, and it is getting worse with the years. The present generation must not pass the crisis down too, thereby saddling and punishing the incoming…
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Opinion

Before the Next Round, By Edwin Madunagu

“...if you must still participate in Nigerian elections, then you must adopt, or rather, return to, dialectics. That means: differentiate between form and content; or rather, while retaining the revolutionary content, adopt two forms – one for elections and the other for the permanent democratic struggle of the masses.” I…
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Columns

Social Media Incursion and Publishing In the North, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

My advice is for us to be more innovative as writers and news media organisations to survive the threat posed by the social media and other challenges to publishing, particularly for those of us in North. When I chaired the special publication marking the 10th anniversary of Media Trust Limited…
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Columns

Sanusi the Radical, Sanusi the Emir, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Kano is an important State in Nigeria and God has given the State a radical Emir who has the intellectual skills, princely training, religious knowledge and cosmopolitanism to provide progressive leadership. Since he ascended the throne, he has been a father to all, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation.…
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Opinion

Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to…
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Opinion

Crucial Resignations from the Nigerian Government, By Eric Teniola

The name Mallam Yahaya Gusau in the public service stands for integrity, virtue, honesty and humility. He was a school teacher, politician, scholar and the Shettima of Sokoto till he died on December 12, 2008 at the age of 94 in Kaduna. His entrance number at Barewa College in Zaria…
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Opinion

Historical Perspectives on the Current Kukah-Haruna Face-off, By Ahmed Yahaya Joe

General Danjuma, while being conferred with the prestigious title of Jarmai Zazzau, stated “It is not in our character as Northerners to talk too much. We need to think more, relate better but talk less. Battles are fought and won through wisdom and strategy than through inflammable pronouncement and political…
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