Opinion

PMB, Atiku and the Illusion of a Party, By Louis Odion

But beyond the brickbats between the Buhari people and the Atiku camp are the weightier issues. Hard-hitting as they may sound, let it be said that varied responses by Buhari's agents so far hardly address perhaps the core question inadvertently raised by the Atiku/Alhassan challenge: How much of a party…
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Let’s Talk About Hate Speech, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...visionary leadership is needed to mediate bitterness and mis-understanding and give every section of Nigeria a sense of equal worth, not necessarily attained at the expense of others. In this enterprise, however, Nigeria has largely been The PDP governments of recent years made a mess. President Buhari promised to change…
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Opinion

2019 Elections In September 2017 — Nigeria Now In ‘Political Recession’, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...I’ve always thought Nigeria needs to switch to a single term of six years for presidents — focus on all you can do in those six years and never be burdened by the distraction of re-election. It would be the perfect scenario to help the country avoid phases like the…
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Opinion

Time for Nigeria to End Sponsorship of Pilgrimages, By Afeso Albert Akanbi

The crucial questions are: Of what economic value and benefit are those who receive the largesse from government to attend these pilgrimages to the Nigerian estate when they return? What benefits do their trips hold for the average Nigeria on the streets? On July 30, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo oversaw…
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Opinion

The North-East and Ogoniland: a Tale of One Nigeria?, By Saatah Nubari

The Niger Delta, Nigeria’s very own heavily populated Chernobyl, felicitates with the people of the North-East, Nigeria’s very own Baghdad. Maybe succour will come to the Delta too since it is One Nigeria, or maybe it is a every-man-for-himself Nigeria. Whichever way, we are diligently taking notes. It has been…
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Opinion

Muhammadu Buhari’s Unconvincing Return from Medical Leave, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Buhari’s stay in office or resignation is simply an integrity question — and integrity is personal, not Buhari reserves the right to treat himself and recover fully but the country shouldn’t be held to ransom. Nigeria, meanwhile, deserves a substantive president — not just in name but also in practice.…
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Opinion

Prohibition of Hate Speech As An Acceptable Restriction of Freedom of Expression?, By Nonso Robert Attoh

Even though the hate speeches aired on Radio Biafra and the hate song released by Northern elements and many other manifestations of hate speech in our national space cannot be caught by any new legislation criminalising hate speech because of the principle of non-retroactivity of criminal legislation (section 4(9) and…
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