Opinion

The Kano Emirate Crisis As Buhari’s Baby, By SKC Ogbonnia

The Kano Emirate crisis portends a troubling future. It is Kano today but it can be any other Nigerian kingdom tomorrow. Unless President Buhari is crisis-happy, he should hasten and call Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to order. The swirling notion that the emirate crisis is a state matter is pure baloney.…
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Columns

Kano: When the Insolent Meets the Unthinkable, By Louis Odion

What then sadly makes the emerging Kano story more of a fable of villains without any hero is that Sanusi himself inadvertently dug his own political grave. The undertakers apparently arrived last week with a hurriedly contrived law creating four new districts, bringing the emirates to five in what relives…
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Columns

Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandates, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what is clear is that this season of primaries has shown the fragility of our democracy. Once again, it has become clear to all that Nigerian democracy has a great weakness because of the lack of respect for internal party democracy and the consequent recurrent disrespect for party rules, particularly…
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Columns

Nigeria: 2017 Trend Analysis and the Contours of Inertia, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most frightening trend for 2017 is the return of hunger and malnutrition to Nigeria. In 2016, we observed the growth of starvation in the North-East due to the Boko Haram insurgency. The dollar crisis has increased the annual trend of buying up food from farmers at harvest and exporting…
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Opinion

Open Letter to Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, By Abdulmumin Jibrin

Dear Sirs, I write to express my fervent concerns over your recent face-off as the two political leaders of Kano State, who have come a long way together as friends, political allies and colleagues for decades. Whoever takes sides to stoke the embers of enmity in order to raze down…
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Opinion

The Collapse of Kwankwasiya’s Test-tube Baby, By Louis Odion

Taken together, the chief lesson to be drawn from the Ganduje/Kwankwaso conundrum is that there is no substitute for substance. There is no short-cut to political immortality other than working selflessly for community in a way that your name eventually gets etched in people's subconscious, not necessarily while still in…
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