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Atiku’s visit to the US and the debate. By Muhammad Ajah

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has proven to Nigerians that he can enter the United States of America (USA) as any other free citizen of Nigeria. Bravo to him! This is a great campaign feat. He has explained why he embarked on the controversial long awaited journey. Details

 

Nigeria as “Election 2019” draws near. By Edwin Madunagu

The Nigerian situation as we approach “Elections 2019” can be sketched around five issues. Three of these are “problems of Nigeria” as summarized in my last published piece, Nigeria 2019: Hoping for another reprieve? (January 3, 2019). The fourth issue may be called the “power of incumbency”. The fifth is the problem of the Nigerian Left. Details

 

 

Why we should thank Mathew Kukah. By Professor Abdussamad Umar Jibia

What one would expect of a responsible people faced with this type of challenge is to thank the Church for reminding them of their responsibility and come up with a more comprehensive programme than that of Mathew Kukah. Unfortunately, the kind of sentiments being expressed and the fact that more than a year after Kukah mooted this idea nothing has come up from our religious leaders and our “Shariah compliant” politicians portray us as a people not serious. Details

 

Who is Talking Buhari’s Politics? By Okachikwu Dibia

One of the reasons Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 election is because none of his followers took quality time to explain to Nigerians the good works of his administration. It was after he had left office and these books were written that I got to know that he initiated the treasury single account (TSA) policy that was geared towards fighting corruption in the Public Service. ... President Mohammadu Buhari (PMB) is about to suffer the same faith. Whenever I hear or listen to his lieutenants and followers, all I deduce is reactionary responses to the distracting allegations from the opposition political parties. Details

 

Rumour’s Argument on Nigeria’s Stolen and Wasted Resources. By Okachikwu Dibia

As a young boy growing up in Nigeria in the early 1980s, Rumour told me that $2.8 billion got missing during the military government of General Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ-rtd) which lasted between 1976-1979. But no one has challenged him in the court of law over the matter; and Rumour insists that even the government was aware of it and did nothing. In Naira terms today, this amounts to N854 billion. Details

 

Igbo Must Not Become Political Football In Lagos. By Farouk Martins Aresa

There is a growing rift between Yoruba and Igbo in Lagos. It will be sheer folly to dismiss the obvious. But the way to solve it is by appealing to your intellect, not scary political tactics against your neighbors. Sincere sensible people must discuss problems openly and look for solutions. Leaving it in the hands of politicians only, will make matter worse. There are growing nationalism, ethno phobic and xenophobia sentiments worldwide. Details

 

Pantami as a Metaphor. By Adamu Tilde

The appointment of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), September 2016, to the position of the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) by president Muhammadu Buhari could have provoked the usual and expected bashings of the north by the Southern press as a product of quota and federal character system. For the fact that Dr. Pantami had a steady academic career that spanned for almost two decades, rising to the position of an associate professor, put an end to the question of competence and merit; his expertise and training in the IT-industry made the appointment more relevant and timely. Details

 

Should INEC Allow Can To Monitor 2019 Polls? By  Nduka Uzuakpundu

The leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are being unnecessarily ambitious. There appears to be a drive in them, for what’s clearly a selfish – if destructive – motive, structured on inordinate expectations – with a touch of arrogance – to dictate the modalities and constitution of certain crucial political developments in Nigeria. The other day, CAN was reported to have approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it wanted to be recognized as one of the posse of observers of the 2019 general elections. Details

 

Stop: “Gifted” Showoff Teasers Daring Our Poor Majority To Crime. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Philanthropy is not new in Africa, it is part of our culture. We pride ourselves by how generous we were to our neighbors and communities. There was a boss of ours that reminded us of this African way of life. People whispered behind his back that the children of his girlfriend he was sending to school were not his. He whispered back that if he could send the children of those he hardly knew in his community and children of his house helps to schools, why not those of his girlfriends. This is who we are as Africans. Details

 

Osibajo Vs Obi: Implication Of The Choice Of A Running Mate. By Manwu Samuel

The Game is set, in less than 95 days Nigeria will decide. But the beauty of any game is when the contenders abide by the rules governing the game.the question is ', is it always easy to abide by the laws of the game when you are at the verge of losing and with the consciousness that the instruments to subvert Justice are at your beck and call? Find out in the next article "Electoral Umpire and Security Operatives: path to ensuring free and fair elections in Africa." Details

 

General Alkali: What Will His Death Change? By Ezekiel Daminabo

The circumstances surrounding the recent death of retired Gen Idris Alkali elicited deep seated pathos round the country and even beyond as many found it difficult to come to terms with the brazen and heartless conduct of his killers. While the circumstance of his final moments at the hands of his killers remain uncertain, the reportedly frantic efforts by his killers to move his body from place to place in the heat of the chase by the Nigerian Army team, who had earlier launched a systematic search for him, tells volumes of the dastardly enterprise of his traducers. Details

 

Gandujegate And Absurd Celebration Of Fraud In Kano. By Mukhtari Usman Dandago

One is of the opinion that, civility and patriotic disposition would have demanded all and sundry to remain calm only, especially as proceedings of the investigating panel were aired live in all radio stations in Kano and beyond, to reflect on the dire consequences of the fallout to collective integrity image of the people of Kano and the state as a corporate entity. Running in circle in defense of indefensible by untoward means will not help anybody, especially our dear state. We must call a spade a spade so that we can use a spade when only a spade is needed. Details

 

Datti Ahmed: Time for a Paradigm Shift in the North. By Ibrahim Shehu

In many parts of the south, the perception of the North has remained an abstraction from the pre- and immediate post-independence era, where because of historical reasons, the rate of attainment of Western education remains abysmally low. Though every part of the country has its unique challenges, there has been a tendency to see the North from the prisms of the pre-indence era: many people from the South still believe that many Northerners, especially Northern Muslims in responsible positions must have attained their heights because of quota or favouritism; those doing very well in business are also believed to have done so through the connection or manipulation of access to state power or exploitation of feudal privileges. Details

 

Missing the scripts of a columnist: A tribute to Mohammed Haruna @67. By Abdullahi Yusuf Tela

After his service to the motherland, in 1976, the veteran journalist got a job as a reporter in the defunct vibrant New Nigerian newspaper where he had his long time professional career. Haruna because of his resilience, rose from the ranks from a reporter to being the Managing Director in 1985. During his years in the NNN, he had his Masters in Mass communication from another prestigious institution, Harvard University. He retired in 1989. Details

 

Reflection on the Future of Public Broadcasting in Africa and Asia. By Abdulwarees Solanke

At a time public broadcasting has patriotic role to play in galvanizing  public participation in the polity, engendering development, promoting cohesion, inclusiveness and diversity as well as preserving cultural identity in the developing countries,  many public broadcasters are in serious hiccups with lacklustre appeal, losing their best hands to private and foreign broadcasters with the  commercial and cable channels who smile to the bank as advert revenue flows freely for them while it thins out for public broadcasters, most whom are under threat of being commercialized or sold to private concerns because of unsustainability. Details

 

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Buhari And The Warri Crowd

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Time to Secure Our Environment

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Minimum Wage And Our Perpetual Failure To Be Proactive

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Pensioner and Tale of Woes

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Cardinal Onaiyekan, Still Strong At 75

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Attacks on football referees, inimical

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Nigeria, others urged to reject W/Bank water scheme

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I Will Accept Outcome Of Presidential Election If It’s Credible –...

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Despite NJC’s Pendency, CCT Insists on Onnoghen’s Trial February 4

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PDP fumes as Niger Republic govs attend Buhari’s campaign in Kano

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I will continue to reposition police, judiciary – Buhari

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FG files fraud charges against Babachir Lawal

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Crude oil not sold for $100 in 16 years of PDP – Atiku

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Appeal Court Denies Appointing Dead Judges into Election Petition Panels

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Election: Govs Panic Over Proliferation Of Arms

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Emefiele, Money Politics And The Naira

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Danjuma, other Christian elders reject Onnoghen’s suspension, ACF backs Buhari

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INEC Maintains APC Has No Candidates in Rivers, Zamfara

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Atiku’s Abuja home was not besieged by DSS

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Kano youths urge Buhari to reinstate Onnoghen

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JUST IN: Troops Kill 4 Terrorists, Recover Weapons In Borno

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Lagos tanker explosion claims two lives, property destroyed

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

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Nigeria’s Manufacturing Index Rises for 22nd Consecutive Month

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Foreigners, others quit contributory pension, withdraw N24.95bn

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Naira Closes at N363.32 to Dollar at Investors Window

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VAT: The Unsettled Matter of Imported Services (Part 1)

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Dangote Bags Honorary Patron’s Award

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CBN Gives Directive On E-Payments

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Erratic Power Supply: ‘FG must adopt National Energy Policy’

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CBN recorded $40.9bn forex inflow in nine months – Report

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US transport security agency begins audit of Lagos airport

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FG targets $2bn from oil block licence renewal …says IOCs must release idle oil fields

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INEC has accepted Zamfara APC candidates – Yari

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Obasanjo Vows to Do Everything to Save Nigeria’s Democracy

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EFCC Accuses Top Politician of Planning to Smuggle Money into Nigeria

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Niger Republic Govs Arrive Nigeria to Campaign for APC, Buhari

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Soyinka: APC, PDP Don’t Deserve Our Votes

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ACF backs Buhari over suspension of Onnoghen

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‘ll Punish Commanders Who Lose Soldiers, Weapons to Boko Haram If Elected President, Says Atiku

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Atiku: I Will Consider Amnesty for Looters Willing to Return Stolen...

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‘ll Punish Commanders Who Lose Soldiers, Weapons to Boko Haram If...

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2019: Hold Buhari, APC responsible if polls go wrong – PDP

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Why Buhari didn’t ask voters to back APC candidates in Imo — Presidency

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President And The Enduring Hate Narrative

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Minimum Wage And Our Perpetual Failure To Be Proactive

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Rahman’s ‘True Lies’

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The Mammoth Crowd Phenomenon

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By Holding Rates Steady, CBN Fuelling Uncertainty

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Nigeria 2019: International Community And Gathering Storm

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Averting a Needless Constitutional Crisis

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The Legal Battle for Restructuring

SPORTS

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CAF League: We Must Be Alert Against WAC – Tyavkase

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Iwobi, Ndidi to preview Eagles’ latest jersey

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Nigeria Clinches 42 Medals at World Para Powerlifting Championships

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FIFA Global Transfer Deals: Spending Surpassed $7bn in 2018

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Nigeria Win Bilateral Cricket Series Against Rwanda

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EFCC summons 10 NFF officials over funds diversion

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON

 

The Nigerian Patriots or ‘Playtriots’

[GAMJI WRITER]

Loads of ‘failed leaders and politicians’ would be jostling for political offices, as the next level train commences, none with a blueprint to excel, none with a patriotic spirit but rather all is about self aggrandizement. It’s very okay to criticize Mr. Buhari, blame the APC or PDP, but to wish him or them failure is akin to wishing your pilot to sleep while piloting a craft you are inside. Nigeria is in dire need of patriots, where are they, can they stand and be counted—Only time will tell. Details

 

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BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigeria, again unchaining the dogs of war

“Nigeria is not at peace and unity and cooperation with itself. Great chasms yawn between ethnographic, ethnofaith and ethnocentric groups. Our unhappy Nigeria is torn and tortured, and the peoples of this country walk in fear lest, through no fault of theirs, the dogs of war are unchained once again.” Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches Mr. Buhari

We spent, and are still spending time chasing the last administration, they failed, we agreed; brought you on board to correct, and start to chart a new course but my President and his teeming supporters don’t understand that coffee poured in water cannot be retrieved. For the solutions we craved, we became the new bride of the octopus handed problems of insecurity, poor health infrastructure, estranged civil servant relationship, cat and rat legislative/executive bickering, including a continually abused, used and misused judiciary. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Naija--There's no light at the end of the tunnel

Transmission company people are doing loads of hard work but truly it amounts to nothing when there are many questions and no answers, I agree that we are a difficult people, it is probably only in Nigeria that PHCN owes NNPC for fuel supplied, and NNPC has not paid for electricity supplied and state houses owe utility bills, while citizens that have not paid bills in years have power as long as there is power to spare. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Abuja Prostitutes, almajiris, and the future

If we refuse to address the issues like a state government paying for people to get married, primarily not addressing the problems of a population explosion, arresting prostitutes would be the least of our problems, these days girls are part of the alamajiris and human trafficking has become integral. Our sociologists are quiet, as is the case with Nigeria we are too lazy to do any form of ‘ideological remoulding’ to alter our current positions. We don’t want to dig gently into the earth to investigate the taproot, digging deeper to understand its power. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Before all of us waka go abroad

What hope do we have, many Nigerians in Diaspora, every year count and say this is the last year for me but as December reaches, it is obvious that one year more is in the horizon, the situation at home is nothing to write about. The so-called conducive environment is illusionary. Nigerians in diaspora go through a lot just to eek out a living and yet have to cater for family at home. Through winter, summer, the struggle continues both legit and the shady ones. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Chibok Girls—Symbol of a nation

In the five years that has been Chibok, I have done a sizable amount of work on not just Boko Haram but also the Chibok girls, killings, abductions and Nigeria’s conflict torn Northwest region. I have visited Chibok four times, I have spoken to a few of the girls that were released, spoke to one that escaped, I have spoken with several of the parents, and that includes a few that are now dead. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Exodus—regular and irregular migration of ze people

How many of us saw the screaming headlines the other day, "Nigerians heading to Canada" or that report of more than 50% of young Nigerians who are eager to leave Nigeria...Ooops did you miss the video that went viral of Nigerian trained Doctors that were being interviewed to leave the country to go practice in Saudi Arabia. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Do we have a Nigerian Police?

The edifice called the Police is a case of epilepsy, from the change of uniform, to increased recruitment of illiterates that can barely spell their names. The problem is not necessarily just that of the Nigerian Police but that of a nation whose leaders have thrown their responsibilities to the gutters. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON How much is a Nigerian life worth?

In the words of Bello Lukman, a social commentator, I pray we don't experience serious accidents that warrant us needing sophisticated health machines. If the CT scan and X-ray machine at the National Hospital were barely working, then, where else would they work?  I recall the alarm that was raised by the Nigerian first lady on the state of the Aso Rock clinic, no one has checked to see if anything has changed. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON South of Nigeria and Bourgeois Yan Iskas

In our sensational North South dichotomy, we have in every sense approached most problems sectionally thereby creating all kinds of unnecessary petty-culture-ethnic parapoism and bourgeois mentality in dealing with our national issues. Dichotomy is one that is used by political apologists as a socio-economic weapon. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON North of Nigeria and Iberiberism

His Iberiberism has left a region on her knees, no other time than now has the North faced an identity crisis and fight within herself. Who are the Hausas, who are the Fulanis, and how about the Hausa- Fulanis, what really is the place of the Islam North, real, media creation, how about the Christians in the North? Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Divided; a people, versus a nation

The Nigerian leadership is yet to produce a system of governance that can exploit our differences only leaders who have simply made long speeches to the point of confusing themselves. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Good morning and Congratulations Mr. Buhari

Before I go far, let me state the following facts…as of today ‘comparatively seen’ Mr. Buhari is a decent man… (Note my words, comparatively). He is not as tainted as most players in our power block. However trust me, he is tainted! He may have not helped himself to the treasury till, but he is culpable for several indecisions, comments and actions that are ludicrous. And with this election he’s messed it all up. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigerian elections and right to life

It is equally a fact that one of the many reasons that Boko haram may continue for a while is because many still do not know what the group is all about, does it have an ideology, what really is it about…a CIA conspiracy or a thing about poverty? I also know that based on what is out there, many experts on the subject matter are foreigners and one wonders. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON From the phrasebook of the past--Postponing Nigeria

That Atiku is even pulling weight is indicative of how disillusioned Nigerians are today as against when the roll coaster change mantra came on board. Nigerians despite all the questionable statistics and indices are actually HUNGRY, FED UP, and in the quick fix manner may (and here again MAY) be favorable disposed to bringing in Mr. Let's make Nigeria Work Again. Details

 

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

Managing Perceptions of the 2019 elections

 

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

While I am happy that Buhari showed some sensitivity to public opinion in not extending the tenure of Idris Kpotun, (now retired), I am rather disappointed that he failed to utilize the opportunity of appointing a new Inspector General of Police to further demonstrate sensitivity to public concerns - this time the complaint from the Southern part of the country that the country’s security architecture is overwhelmingly dominated by people from the North. Details

 

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PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

Osinbajo and the Politics of 2023

 Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, who accompanied the Vice President to the visit, reportedly went a few steps further. He was quoted as saying: “This coming 2019 elections is between Hausa and Yoruba on one hand and Hausa and Ibo on the other side. It is only a bastard in Yorubaland that will not support APC.” Earlier the Secretary to the Federal Government Boss Mustapha became the highest ranking government official to use 2023 presidency as a bait for Igbo votes. Details

 

 

 

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe 2019 and the road to Damascus

For non-Christians and others not conversant with the Bible,  the ‘road to Damascus’ is an allegory used to refer to a sudden turn-around in the trajectory of one’s life. It is based on the biblical conversion of Saul, a persecutor of Christians, to Christianity, on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. With his conversion Saul was renamed Paul. The road or the journey to Damascus was a defining moment for Paul.For the main political gladiators, 2019 will be a defining year: either dreams die first or they are actualized when they confront reality. Details

 

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

A  Time to Reflect

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

Boko Haram infiltration of herdsmen: The notion that the attacks attributed to herdsmen may be traceable to Boko Haram is widely presumed. Acceptably, in highly polarized environments, terrorists seek cover under any guise. Whilst it remains plausible that the successes of the Multinational Joint Task Force, (MJTF), might have compelled Boko Haram insurgents to seek cover for movement and intelligence gathering by embedding themselves within the ranks of herdsmen, the evidence of operational collusion has not been confirmed. Details

 

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POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE The Rule of Law in Nigeria 

Yet, what separates a well-functioning democracy from non-democracies or illiberal democracies is the rule of law. In its broadest and best construction, the rule of law means that all persons are equal before the law, constitutional norms are supreme and must be strictly adhered to, and when there is doubt about the application of the law; the courts are the only arm of government that is empowered to interpret and clarify the situation. Details

 

 

 

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