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Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

Jesus Can Never Be a Sacrifice for Sin (2), Femi Aribisala

Jesus will not offer to God the sacrifices he insists will not prevent people from…

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Does Nigeria have an image problem? By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Some years ago, a British filmmaker discovered an exotic site in Nigeria: An entire community…

Gimba Kakanda

Ekiti Epiphany: Politics beyond idealism, By Gimba Kakanda

The most amusing thing about Nigerian analysts, the outspoken observers of our political evolution into…

Imam Murtada Gusau

The Passage of Arisekola Alao and the Metaphor of Transitions, By Imam Murtada Gusau  

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, most Merciful All praise and thanks are due to Allah. We praise and give thanks to Him. We seek His aid and ask for His forgiveness and we seek Allah’s refuge from the evil of ourselves and from our evil actions. Whomsoever Allah…

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TRIBUTE: Sulaiman Bisalla: An Exceptional Journalist And Man of Peace, By Imam Imam

Bisalla was a reporter who reported diligently on all issues affecting the nation. He was a devoted friend who cared for the well-being of all persons. There are days that will stay with us for the rest of our lives residing in our memory. Some are good while some are…

Hussaina Ishaya Audu

The Summer that Never Began, By Hussaina Ishaya Audu

‘What are we all seeking? A form of government that will be comfortable, because it meets our needs, is not oppressive, and maximizes our opportunities. And whether you have one-man, one-vote or some-men, one vote or other men, two votes, those are forms which should be worked out. I’m not…

Prof Akin Adesokan

Ekiti Elections: Another View, By Akin Adesokan

Several arguments have been advanced to explain the loss of the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State by the incumbent, Kayode Fayemi of All Progressives Congress. There is the argument that Fayemi was too elitist, and was unable to connect with the people in a consequential way. There is also the…

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Biafra, June 12, Boko Haram and the future of Nigeria (1), By Chido Onumah

Nigeria’s celebrated novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is an interviewer’s delight, whether she is talking about Nigeria, novels, feminism or hair. A few weeks ago, she was a guest of Stephen Sackur’s HARDtalk on BBC where she talked about Biafra, ethnicity in Nigeria, the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War and the censorship of…

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Battling the Greater Terrorism, By Temitayo Odunlami

In Boko Haram attacks which have been claiming innocent lives, the issue of terrorism in Nigeria has become elevated to a passionate national discourse. Until late last decade when the Boko Haram sect announced its arrival with ruthless killings, many Nigerians had regarded terrorism as a foreign development, a burden…

Eric Teniola

The Choices Before The Emir of Kano, By Eric Teniola

Alhaji Isa KAITA (1912-1994) was the Northern Region Minister for works between 1954-1957 and later Minister of Education between 1957-1966. He later became the Waziri of Katsina. Alhaji Kaita was one of the few closest advisers of the late northern region premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello (1909-1966), the Sardauna of Sokoto.…

Odera Okakpu

Nigeria’s Silent Civil War, By Odera Okakpu

Where are you from? The first time this question was ever posed to me I assumed I was being asked from whence I came. I was 10 years old and checking into boarding school for the first time. Subsequently, I realized the question was about my state of origin. Initially,…

70 Days After; Where Are Our Girls? By Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo

“As little ones, when it's time for our goats to return to their pen and we couldn't find them, my grand-mum and all of us would suspend every other thing and go searching for them.” (more…)

Garba Shehu

As The North Grabs Its Fate with Both Hands, By Garba Shehu

A common narrative among lazy commentators and apologists of our often criticized government is one that accuses “Northern leadership” and their (Islamic) apex religious leadership of not doing much more than criticize, comment or condemn the executive leadership, without being proactive” to end the “senseless menace that has plagued Nigeria’s…

Ekiti voters

Ekiti Election: Why Fayemi was defeated

“We support Fayose because he understands us. He is close to the common man and knows our problem”. (more…)

Catherine Kyenret Angai

Wukari Crisis, Security, and the 2015 Elections, By Catherine Kyenret Angai

Nigeria is facing an unprecedented security challenge. The North East is in the grips of the Boko Haram insurgent group with recurrent bloody massacres targeted at both civilian populations and military assets. The news is mostly dominated by the violent assault unleashed by this group with occasional references made to…

Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh

GM foods: A question of morality or survival, By Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh

“The leading private agrochemical and biotechnology multinationals may project the technology as harmless, but the basis of their incorporation is to maximize profit”. (more…)

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Nigerian Middle Class – An Amoral Collective, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Nigeria has afoot a debilitating moral crisis with the middle class as the causative agent. The steady decline leading to the crisis had always been there. However, it is only now that it is exacting its detrimental cost. The crisis of public morality in Nigeria doesn't lie in the symptoms…

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

A Muslim/Muslim Presidential Disaster for the APC, By Femi Aribisala

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. The APC plan for a Muslim/Muslim ticket in this day and age in Nigeria is nothing short of madness. Bola Tinubu is standing on the horns of a dilemma. He became the godfather of the APC out of burning…

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The Inevitability of Boko Haram, By Damola Awoyokun

Boko Haram that has killed over 10,000 people is an eventual outcome of a progressive malaise in Northern Nigeria. Only that the world wasn’t paying attention then.  In February 2000, Governor Mohammed Ahmed Makarfi of Kaduna, the most multicultural state in the North imposed sharia. He wanted their purity back. Not only was…

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The Civil Service in an Age of Open Government, By Tunji Olaopa

Since the 80s, and on a massive global scale that was motivated by the democratic awakening, the civil service finally has come to the awareness of the need to transcend its bureaucratic culture that gives it a bad name. The unsalutary reputation which the bureaucracy acquired over the long years…

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Cross River 2015: Sleepwalking to Government House, By Awassam Bassey

Months away from elections, Cross River’s prospective candidates are all quiet, biding time for outgoing Gov. Imoke to declare his preferences. (more…)

Jibrin Ibrahim

Ekiti’s Lessons for Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

At 4:19 a.m. yesterday morning, INEC declared Ayo Fayose of the PDP as the winner of the Ekiti governorship election. It was an outcome that surprised many. The sitting governor had the privilege of incumbency. Above all, he had acquired the reputation of being one of the best performing governors…

Ifeanyi Uddin

Why Must We Always Under-perform? By Ifeanyi Uddin

Anyone who has ever played a game online from a Nigerian IP address would understand the severe limitations of our domestic internet connections. At the same time, having worked out of places where internet connections are way faster than here, one wonders what the “4G LTE” acronyms regularly deployed by…

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Ekiti Election: The Poll Is An Ass, By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

"While internet warriors castigated Fayose and patrons of his rice, the man pushed on. He knew what the people wanted" "I'm all in favour of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes…

Femi Fani-Kayode

Expanding Vistas of Nigerian Jihadism [1], By Femi Fani Kayode

''And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob''- Isaiah 49: 26.  Blessed be the…