By: on June 14, 2021
Before our dear Government bans opinion writing and blogging in Nigeria, a beautifully written piece titled “A Fulani woman’s dilemma about igbos” by Zubaida Baba Ibrahim, caught my attention and I couldn’t resist responding to it swiftly. At a time of uncertainty, insecurity, civil unrest and injustice, one must commend those who are brave enough to speak up loudly and clearly. That's what, Zubaida, a young Fulani woman from Northern Nigeria did eloquently and courageously with her article. ...
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By: on June 14, 2021
That President Muhammadu Buhari is a patriot is not in doubt. For a man who stayed in the trenches for 30 months, fighting for the country’s unity, alongside compatriots many of who are now dead and rotten in their graves, it beggars understanding why some Nigerians will loath the very mention of his name. As a testament to his undying patriotism, Mr Buhari at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, in 2011, wept like the Biblical account in John 11:35. While Jesus wept for the...
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By: on June 14, 2021
There is a school of thought that writer’s block comes from having no ideas at all. I like to refer to it as the ‘creative juices’ not flowing enough or even at all. Others say it comes from an overflow of ideas when there is a clash of interests that your mind cannot narrow it down to one. However, my experience with writer’s block was different, stemming up from the fear of not being able to pen down what I most needed to write. A crippling unease invades my psyche; I begin to wonder if the...
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By: on June 14, 2021
“Africans do not celebrate great men. They rather take delight in celebrating mediocre men. Africans happily destroy great men and if possible look for their mistakes to nail them. So sad that they destroyed Prophet T.B. Joshua on a daily basis. Finally he has left them and what he was doing, they can’t do! Evil continent!”- Prophet (Dr.) Emmanuel Badu Kobi, Glorious Wave Church International, Accra, Ghana. Prophet Emmanuel Kobi has spoken the truth and he has spoken for millions. I commend h...
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By: on June 9, 2021
General Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign to cleanse Yoruba territory of Nigeria assumes a gruesome and tragic indiscriminate slaughtering of Igangan people. Given the hatred and hostility of Fulanis, the latest attack is neither new nor remarkable. According to SaharaReporters, Fulani herdsmen arrived Igangan in Ibarapa North area of Oyo State around 11 pm Saturday, leaving early Sunday morning with 10 persons dead. Some dictators are bad. Some are blood thirsty. Some are extremists. Some are warm...
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By: on June 2, 2021
Our journey in actualising our dreams as a nation has always been a setback in a country where power is in the hands of a selected few criminals who have consciously incorporated wholesale poverty into the Nigerian system. Women serve as a foundation to nation-building, their role in any society can never be underestimated. They stand on their feet to defend their fellow women who may have been subjected to humiliation and torture. History has always been kind to those who fought selflessl...
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By: on June 2, 2021
Even if the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, does not consider himself to be prejudiced, his recent behaviour and conduct showed otherwise. All humans show signs of implicit bias-unconscious bigotries that power our actions. An implicit bias is an unconscious association, belief, or mindset towards any social group. The fact that Malami made undesirable and impractical statements does not mean that he is necessarily bigoted or inclined to discrimina...
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By: on June 1, 2021
At a time when evil spars against good, we must choose a side. We either opt to be a part of darkness or take a place in the phalanx of virtuous knights. Staying taciturn while evil course through the land like molten magma from a volcano does not absolve anyone of complicity. All who keep silent in the face of evil are accomplices. A great pestilence is scourging the south-east. The land is crimson from the blood of innocents. There is fear, anxiety and confusion. A region that was once the ...
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By: on June 1, 2021
“Mallam Yushau, can you see me at Niger Barrack today?” – General Attahiru I received the above phone message on Sallah Day, Thursday May 13, 2021, from the late General Ibrahim Attahiru, the former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) just a week before his death alongside other military officers in a plane crash in Kaduna. The nation was thrown into mourning over his death even as his immediate past predecessor and Ambassador-Designate, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), noted that Attahiru wa...
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By: on May 22, 2021
What the hell!" is the greatest human expression of abhorrence. When human souls are led beyond incomprehensible sequences of nature in negativity, the word 'hell' suffices. Hell is a place recognised by the 2 major religions in Nigeria: Christianity and Islam, both religions teaches eternal reward for those who do well in time and eternal punishment for those who don't. The Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai, apparently has the sound of hell in his surname. His, is spelt "El" but so...
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By: on May 22, 2021
I was a cabinet member in Katsina State Government. When I was preparing our first budget, I was unsettled by the past trends in government support for agriculture. Year in year out, 80% of the budget for agriculture went into fertilizers procurement. Knowing the requirements of agriculture as I did then, I felt that I needed to interrogate the tendency to give so much financial support to one need out of 20 clearly identified necessities of the sector. I appointed consultants to go roun...
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By: on May 21, 2021
It has been a while when the Nigerian Labour movement particularly, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) bared its fangs (some say broken teeth). Many have given up on the Congress as a bunch of self-serving labour aristocrats making hay while the sun shines. This view is not unconnected to the fact that during the several rounds of oil price increases, the NLC was loud by its silence. Suddenly, the NLC has come out smoking and blazing on all cylinders. They have selected Kaduna State with a Gov...
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