Opinion

Otodo-Gbame: Uprooting the Poor in the Name of State Progress, By Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu

For the evictees of Otodo-Gbame, it was sorrow, tears and blood, paving the way for a “Lifestyle to live”, the slogan of Periwinkle Estate. Although the past has been buried in piles of money, memory preserves knowledge of blood in the foundation of this new Estate. Memory of late Avonda…
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Opinion

World Habitat Day: Governments Must End the Brutal Practice of Forced Evictions, By Malavika Vartak

Unfortunately, many - including governments officials around the world - believe that people without legal title to the land or house they occupy need not be consulted, compensated or protected from homelessness. International human rights law, on the other hand, is unequivocal: forced evictions are illegal; they are never In…
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Opinion

Progressives As Enemies of Progress, By Chris Ngwodo

It is worth pondering how these APC stalwarts feel as they watch their principal valorise the murderous dictator that terrorised them and murdered some of their comrades. Perhaps, they have already accepted this contradiction as the necessary price of power, political relevance and acquisition of power often requires the willingness…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Housing Quagmire, By Morayo Adebayo

If authorities in Nigeria are serious about meeting the country’s international commitments on sustainable development and in particular housing, they must first comply with court orders and put an end to forced evictions. Today we celebrate World Habitat Day and this year’s theme, as declared by UN Habitat, is "Housing…
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Opinion

Otodo-gbame: Eclipsing the Poor to Accommodate the Rich, By Immanuel Anyanwu-Ibe

...for little Helen Avonda, her life indicts the human conscience, making one guilty by association with a reckless humanity. Her bereavement is ours by the guilt of that association and one hopes she finds a lifeline The future is homelessness and floating on a rickety boat. Helen Avonda is not…
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Opinion

Big Men, Strongmen and Prostrate Institutions, By Adegbenro Adebanjo

We are making mountains out of molehills and neglecting the serious business of governance for inanities. Crass opportunists have deliberately elevated trivialities to the level of national discourse. The narrative is no longer about proffering solution to the myriads of problem assailing the country. Nigerians love big men. They defer…
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