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Herdsmen: The Fulani Pastoralists: 1. By Prof. Lawal Mohammed Marafa

 Many other people can proffer solutions and identify the way forward. My take will be part of the following: (l) As an immediate action therefore, the priority should be to deploy enough security units to areas where clashes have occurred and mayhem unleashed; (2) The perpetrators of violence should be brought to justice regardless of their status or ethnic allegiances; (3) Specifically track and disarm ethnic militias, whoever they may be; and (4) Identify long-term plans for a comprehensive reform of pastoralism as a major economic sector. This will also come with a vision to improve access to products, services and markets for pastoralists and herders and their offerings. In this way, conflicts will reduce. Details

 

Elzakzaky‘s Acquittal: The Imperative of counter-narratives. By Abdulhaleem Ishaq Ringim

Sadly, the government did not do well in that regard. It’s mismanagement of the situation especially in terms of inadequate mass communication gave room for the rise to eminence of many misconstrued, misrepresented and misleading information and analysis usually brought forth by IMN supporters, apologists and IMN friendly international media, which lent credence to the campaign that sought to portray his innocence. Such information and analysis eventually overshadowed the many civil testimonies of atrocities meted upon the people by IMN members. Details

 

I wonder why the APC senators mostly stood against the clause that sought to operationalize the electronic transmission of election results. By Abdulhaleem Ishaq Ringim

Why is APC hell bent on amplifying a limitation that they have done nothing to improve, as justification for their skepticism towards e-transmission of election result? Why are they not talking solutions and alternative routes towards achieving e-transmission just as they did vehemently when the PDP postponed elections in 2015 because of the insecurity in the North East? I wonder how they would have reacted if they were still in the opposition, but given their reaction to the issue of card readers while they were, I strongly believe they would have supported e-transmission. Details

 

My “Unpopular” Propositions by Edwin Madunagu. By Edwin Madunagu

My argument with myself at this juncture is, therefore, this: Since I am convinced – and have been so convinced since I became a Marxist – that only the Nigerian Left can consistently fight for and guarantee the genuine unity of this country, .... Details

 

Azikiwe, Ojukwu, Aguiyi-Ironsi gave us One Nigeria: Igbos Should Stop Blaming Others for their Woes. By Obinna Akukwe

Therefore, Igbos should do some introspection. From Azikiwe to Ironsi to Ojukwu, all of put their lives in line for ‘One Nigeria’ until circumstances caused Ojukwu to declare secessionist Biafra in 1967, albeit belatedly. Therefore, Igbo Youth and the elitist cheerleaders of secession should ask relevant questions, and apportion blames appropriately. Details

 

The solution is not in restructuring. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

The restructuring of Nigeria will not provide a solution to our innumerable and immeasurable problems because the wellspring of our problems is attitudinal, not constitutional. It is our perverted attitude towards the law – our entrenched penchant for breaking the law – that is the hemlock of the Nigerian society. Details

 

Thoughts On Open Grazing Ban, PIB, 2023 Presidency Zoning And The Southern Governors. By Abdulhaleem Ishaq Ringim

For Godsake the Livestock industry is worth over N30 Trillion in Nigeria, and if leveraged properly through the adoption of modern livestock management systems(like Ranching Systems), would open the doors of the North to $3 Billion worth of Foreign Exchange. Not to talk of the huge amount of jobs that will be created across the value chain if we decide to industrialize the endeavor and the huge revenue that would accompany it. Details

 

So what if Kanu is arrested? By Prof Abdussamad Umar Jibia

On Tuesday June 29, while the rest of us were still waiting for action (although sincerely speaking most Northerners have lost hope), Malami appeared on our television screens to tell Nigerians that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB was arrested “through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”. That is a good news, I thought, but it is no news. Kanu has never been the major problem of the rural farmers of the North. His arrest will never make Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari, Jibia-Gusau, Kankara-Sheme or any of those highways safe. It will never stop the harassment of our people killed, kidnapped and raped by bandits on daily basis. So what if he is arrested? Details

 

We Must Pray for Peace But Be Ready for Ongoing War. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Most decent people detest violence in any guise but nobody has a monopoly on violence. This is why we must pray for peace in Nigeria regardless of who or where you are. War has never been the best answer and it may not be the answer to the problems in Nigeria. The Country has not even recovered from the last civil war that produced Nigeria's most incompetent rulers in history. The children are still suffering from the vestiges of that war. Details

 

Short-Sighted Separist Agitators. By Anthony Akinola

I take the position, even when it could be unpopular, that the amalgamation of Nigeria should not continuously be visited as the problem.  Any nation that would play an important role in world politics must have, among other indices of national power and prestige, the compliments of size and population. Details

 

Navigating Your Way to Greatness: How and Why. By Adamu Tilde

The questions to ask ourselves are: Is there a deliberate effort to stop people from Northern Nigeria from joining those important sectors? Why are graduates of Northern Nigeria conspicuously absent in those important sectors? Are graduates from Northern Nigeria not sufficiently trained to secure jobs in those sectors? Are graduates from Northern Nigeria not in the know of the countless opportunities outside Nigeria? Details

 

Invest In Children In Africa To Get More Values Than Foreign Trained. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Unlike the days of their parents, most of the children sent abroad today hardly come back. Indeed, one politician wondered out aloud if his children and grandchildren abroad would come home to bury him. They may come home on vacations for a week to a month. Details

 

Can Nigeria Be Developed Without Discipline? By Okachikwu Dibia

For a solution, we must paint the picture in context: the lack of discipline in the political leadership of Nigeria affects her development. Therefore the objectives of this article are to expose the meaning of the key variables (discipline and development) being engaged, know their nexus, see how lack of discipline affects development and what could be done to reverse the unacceptable Nigerian situation. This unacceptability results from Nigeria being resource rich, but suffers resource curse through indiscipline, the harbinger of underdevelopment. Details

 

The Nigerian oil-rich poverty. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

Most Nigerians are not politically fastidious; our concerns are limited to the mundane and pedestrian. We long for the basic essentials of life: jobs, food on the table, education for children, electricity, water, security from criminal predators, and protection from the inhumanities of governing officials and agents of government. Unfortunately, after more than twenty years of democracy, our basic expectations of democracy continue to elude us. Details

 

 

The Political Economy of Crypto currency. By M.A. Iliasu

What is cryptocurrency and why has it been introduced? Details

 

Hausa-Fulani Planning to Secede: Niger, Chad to Benefit (Part 1). By Obinna Akukwe

Hausa-Fulani elites of northern extraction have been plotting how to secede from Nigeria since 2017 and the beneficiary nations will include Niger Republic and Chad. The only snag in the plan is the herdsmen who are not ready for any breakup of Nigeria, preferring a secured colony within the national space. Details

 

A Microeconomic Analysis of BUA Versus Dangote Price-Fixing Conflict. By Sagir Ibrahim

In Nigeria, we're operating oligopoly where few firms produces for millions. They dominated the markets, determine the supplies in low quantity and also determine the price above margin which in itself is abnormal situations. While in real monopolies, monopolists control only one tool. Either price or supply, but here they control both. And this is as a result of huge FAVOURs they enjoyed from the authorities through policies they lobbied. That’s why we are in a perpetual inflation as huge amount of money is chasing few goods produced by these Oligopolistic firms. Details

 

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye: A Tale of Missed Opportunities? By Sung H. Bauta, Ph.D.

Most Christian leaders in Nigeria have not used their platforms to challenge injustices in the country. There are people who would disagree with my conclusion by pointing to pastors who speak publicly on political issues. But, as I show in this article, most of the pastors’ rhetoric and political engagements have been self-serving. Details

 

Clarifications and re-statements. By Edwin Madunagu

I have, for some time now, been convinced that the Nigerian Left will, one day, be pushed to maturity because Nigeria’s ruling class, as we see it today, cannot lead the country out of this national crisis. Now that history appears to have granted another temporary reprieve to these rulers, I may seize the opportunity to clarify parts of what I said in that my urgent call to the Nigerian Left. Details

 

On Hijab Controversy: The Need for Sober Reflection. By  Muhammad Sagir Bauchi

The country’s Constitution grant freedom to each and every individual the right to practice his/her religion without any hindrance whether from the society or the Authority, in as far as his practices does not go in contend with Laws of the country. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, it seems like to some Religious Authorities, this freedom should have a certain limit, and the limit should not come from the constitution but from them. Details

 

Nigeria: The Unscramblity of a scrambled egg. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

At the time of independence, the Nigerian power elite were yet to imbibe the political skills and refinement, and the attitudinal disposition for leading a democracy. Secondly, the emergent country was not a nation, but a welter of ethnic groups, with their competing and conflicting tribal and political interests. Details

 

We have lost our Innocent. By  Chido Onumah

Two weeks ago, I lost a comrade, brother, and friend, Innocent Chukwuma. Innoma, as I called him, was 55, and until a few months ago when he retired, the regional director (West Africa) of Ford Foundation. Every waking moment in the last two weeks has left me thinking about life and Innocent Chukwuma’s death. Details

 

 

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Whither Nigeria’s Manifest Destiny To Lead Africa?

There is, however, a growing sense that Nigeria’s voice has become muted and her influence on the wane. Since our 10 July, 2019 Op-Ed titled, “Is Nigeria Still a Regional Hegemon?” wherein we pondered the incipient decline in Nigeria’s regional and global role; the country’s national context has further deteriorated. We introduce the concept of deficit of moral purpose to explain that decline. As a theoretical and practical construct, moral purpose belongs to the soft power category rather than hard power attributes of a country. Details

 

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Boko Haram surrender depletes ISWAP strength, sows fear — Nigerian Army

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Cholera: Nigeria records 37, 819 cases, 1,178 deaths from 23 states, FCT

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FG cannot use our resources to pay bandits —Yinka Odumakin

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Irigwe Massacre: Bauchi governor condemns attack, calls for calm

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Families sacked from homes, valuables lost as 13-hour downpour wreaks havoc in Makurdi town

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Bandits kill 3, kidnap 15 students, 4 staff in Zamfara college

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Buhari’s PIB assent ‘corrosive attack’ on Niger Delta, says Rivers group

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Three killed, one injured in fresh Zango-Kataf attack

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FG to borrow N5.62trn to finance deficit in 2022 budget —Finance minister

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CBN: Intervention in Agriculture and Economic Growth

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Nigeria’s daily consumption of petrol drops to 56m litres

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Multiple taxation killing Nigerian SMEs, stakeholders tell FG

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Katsina: Compensate families killed or face legal action – Masari tells Customs

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2023: Without Buhari on ballot, we may not get all votes – OSINBAJO

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PDP chides Buhari for signing PIB despite public outcry

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Top 5 lies about Buhari that won’t go away

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SoS: Our doctors, our government and the new us

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Nigeria’s COVID19 infodemic conflict; a connexus!

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In Nigeria there is an overwhelming trajectory of daily rising conspiracy theories and more so, being spread by health practitioners. These are just a few factors driven by misinformation and disinformation, rumor and fake news about the virus thus undermining public support for—and the adoption of—preventative health behaviors; add this to a volatile conflict map, you begin to see the link.

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BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Abba Kyari—almost just another episode

A lot of the things we debate on leaves a sour taste in the mouth right from time, we  become fanatical, we cannot change our mind, we cannot change the subject, so we continue to grapple with the same problems, only the styles that change and new terminologies developed but the ideology be it corruption or ethnicity it remains largely the same. So our culture has been shaped by the Nigerian factor, one that we have been forced to develop for lack of direction, for lack of a beginning, a middle or an end. So as a nation we have continued with a culture of indifference. Now it is a hushkyari thing, till the next episode. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Who do we blame Nigeria on?

On health, our president blamed Jonathan for bad hospitals, six years after office and we have not reversed the trend, even as COVID19 raged on, it was unavoidable that we blamed the pandemic for the economic challenges. But our President conveniently also pointed fingers at floods which he said have caused large scale destruction to farmlands and impacted negatively on efforts to boost local production in line with the administration’s policy to drastically reduce food importation. Our president blamed middlemen for the food price increase, and we wonder if middlemen just joined the market supply chain of food.Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigeria, Cubana, and our donkey business

Nigeria is a country of donkey business, cow business, fowl business and all businesses but we never seem to get it right in the business of good governance or development. We major over minor, while every nation is leaving us behind. We have stayed with donkeys as worsening insecurity exposes our lack of a governance structure, we have a nation on the brink, and are more bothered about donkeys, the business of killing them, and cubana. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigeria; A contribution going bad

Nigeria is a voluntary collection of ethnic nationalities, diversely different in faith and all leanings, creeds in many measures, where not all contributions matter, and indeed not all lives matter in the contribution. I am not exactly sure about the voluntary association called Nigeria, but one thing that I am sure of, is that in the words of my sons—life no balance…believe…Nigeria no balance

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BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigerian Separatists and all these agitations

Until you show me any Nigerian governor with just two cars, with kids in public schools, and less than N100M, then I will show you a governor without any agitation in his state. Today in assets and cash there is no governor who is not a billionaire, and that's 36 hardworking billionaires, and we want Odua, and Arewa and Biafra, anyway the truth is stealing is not corruption as long as it is done by our own.

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BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Nigeria versus others

I condemn in totality the killings of security personnel in the South East and the burning of electoral and government offices in the South East and any part of Nigeria for that matter. I vehemently condemn in totality the killings perpetuated by Boko Haram in the North East, and I am at loss at what has become the norm in parts of the North Central, and other parts of the North, Niger Delta and the entire South West now referred to as Banditry and Kidnapping. However I equally disdain the arrest of a vendor for months because he sold a Biafran newspaper, and the extrajudicial killings daily perpetuated by men and officers of state funded security apparatus because two wrongs never resulted in a right. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON Twitter, Pencil, Kilishi and Secession in Nigeria

FIRS is trying to embrace best practices, let Nigeria embrace the best practices of federalism, let’s not be afraid to talk about the ongoing restructuring, let us  negotiate, I hear we are talking with Twitter, if we agree to do that then we should move beyond Kilishi and pencils, we should stop threatening ourselves with onions. Allow Nigerians from Onitsha to Sokoto to see the value of tax paying, let’s allow for competitive federalism, we are dragging unevenly. Details

 

BURNING POT BY DR. PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON This Biafra Matter

The Biafra matter is one where men of goodwill have kept quiet, where the voices of reasons like Cardinal Arinze, Emeka Anyaokwu, or myself have been or continue to be subdued by the noise of anarchy. The Igbo man has refused to write and teach their children their true history, teach their wards the dialect, culture and values, and same it is with the entire Nigerian space. Details

 

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