Opinion

How the North Can Truly End the Almajiri System, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

The time has come for northern governors to lead the campaign on population control. Religious leaders should stop preaching that men should marry more than one wife. All the talk about the Holy Book saying a girl shouldn’t start her menstrual circle in her father’s house is only a message…
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Opinion

Northern Nigeria: Of Egotistic Leaders and Resentful Followers, By Umar Yakubu

...we should not delude ourselves that much can be achieved with ego-driven leaders and the utterly cancerous followership in the North. We can do better, much better, by utilising brilliant and radical minds like Muhammadu Sanusi II to shape a genuine, people-focused reform process based on promoting the traditional, religious,…
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Columns

The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Opinion

Why Did Buhari Back Down On the Almajiri Ban?, By ‘Tope Fasua

I have listened to a few people defend the backing down of Buhari on the Almajirai matter. Some said the government should first create jobs before tackling Almajirai. Some said the government should first convince the people of the region that banning Almajirai is good for them. Some said it…
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Columns

Zamfara: The Gold ‘Armada’, By Dele Agekameh

The gold-inspired violence in Zamfara and the North-West is a multi-layered problem that combines issues of the economy, insecurity, border control, regional hegemony and politics. Any government response must factor in each of these issues for it to be robust and efficient. In the past couple of months, Zamfara State…
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Columns

The North and the Challenge of Leadership, By Jibrin Ibrahim

One good thing in today’s Nigeria is that the integrity of our elections is improving steadily. This means that citizens who feel that their leaders have performed poorly could vote them out at any The North, and indeed the country, cannot afford to be naïve or complacent on this critical…
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Opinion

Northern Nigeria Is Educationally Disadvantaged, By Mohammed Dahiru Aminu

Because of the experience in the Sudan, the British colonial officers came to Northern Nigeria with the intent not to reproduce the type of radical Muslim intellectuals that they had to confront in the Sudan, and even elsewhere in Egypt and With that resolve in mind, the British had a…
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Opinion

Arewa Youth Quit Notice and the Double Jeopardy of the Nigerian Igbo, By Majeed Dahiru

The presidency may consider taking a strong action to rein in the issuers of the threat, their collaborators and supporters, to avert a likely bloodshed that may result from any attempt to implement the quit notice on the Igbo living in the North by the Arewa youth group. This is,…
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Opinion

Emir Sanusi and How to Say It, By Kingsley Moghalu

Given the sensitivity of the topics on which Sanusi has pronounced himself, he might want to consider, and compare, the benefits and risks of frequent public statements with a “mixed" approach of waging a more sustained intellectual battle of ideas about the direction of Islamic Northern society within the councils…
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