By: on November 24, 2020
I commend the United Arab Emirates in its legal fight against sponsors of Boko Haram in Nigeria. UAE is the first country to openly support Nigeria with legal instruments in its fight against Boko Haram. I want to appeal to super power countries to emulate UAE action against Boko Haram. The country (UAE) has deployed one of the 19 international legal instruments to prevent terrorist acts. Since 1963, the international community has formulated 19 international legal instruments to prevent terrori...
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By: on November 16, 2020
The Federal Government should indeed be worried by the growing loss of public confidence in its sincerity to address genuine demands of the EndSARS protests. Though the government at federal and state levels has set up judicial panels of inquiry to deliver justice, peace and reconciliation, activities of overzealous institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are abusing instruments of the state to victimise victims. The self-contradictions and sheer hypocrisy in government’s disposition...
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By: on October 24, 2020
There might have been a time when the implications of police corruption and extortion were not fully appreciated by ordinary Nigerians. When I was about to leave secondary school many decades ago, an uncle suggested I should enrol in the Nigerian Police Force or seek employment as a sanitary inspector. He reasoned it could be the easiest way of making money because there would be those begging me with it. I honestly did not see anything wrong with his advice, even when his suggested professi...
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By: on October 8, 2020
Nigeria is a canvass of conflicting and colliding counter narratives. A narrative of disrepair and dilapidation occupies one hand: a country where only dysfunction functions in a nauseatingly familiar fable. Two packs a punch on the other hand with home, heart and hope weaving a taut narrative threaded together by the familiar tropes of patriotism, pride and plenty. For many Nigerians and Africans, home is where the heart is. For many Nigerian hearts, scorched by the drought at home, home is ...
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By: on October 7, 2020
The last time I wrote on the insurgency attacks in Borno state I drew attention to the deteriorating security situation and what should be done to subdue the threat and decimate the insurgents. The need to mobilize public support for the counter-insurgency was emphasized because the dispersed insurgents are hibernating among the people and seemingly regrouping to launch surprise ambushes, a typical guerilla strategy. The strategy is apparently a preferred option for the insurgents considering th...
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By: on September 16, 2020
The alarm raised recently by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) bordering on the fact that there are Boko Haram terrorist camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory, asking its officers in Abuja to stay alert should not be taken lightly. The matter is quite worrisome owing to the fact that Boko Haram had attacked the FCT on three previous occasions killing scores of people. In a notice with reference NCS/ENF/ABJ/180/S.I/VOL.II, issued by the Comptroller, Enforcement Headquarters, H.A. S...
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By: on September 7, 2020
It was American author and philosopher, John Fuhrman who once stated that “Successful leadership comes from the willingness to, at first, do something incorrectly, face the consequences, make adjustments, and do it again – until you get it right.” Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, as a good leader, has demonstrated a belief in dynamic leadership that learns from experience and brings out the better in him. The governor may not have heard of the Fuhrman philosophy but going b...
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By: on September 4, 2020
A military spokesman has reportedly faulted the claim that the gains of counter-insurgency operations were now being eroded in Borno State. This is a matter both the military and the people of Borno State are equally capable of ascertaining. My emphasis here is on the response of the said military spokesman to a media report that 17 out of 27 local government areas in Borno State are under attack by the Boko Haram insurgents. In a bid to solicit public understanding of the situation, the spok...
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By: on September 3, 2020
In the last 10 years, an estimated six million Nigerians have fled their homes for fear of extermination, abduction, and other forms of treatments by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria, a recent report has revealed. The report, titled, ‘Managing Internal Displacement Crisis in Nigeria: Toward Global Best Practices in Guaranteeing the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through the Media’, was published by Journalists for Christ with support from the World Association for Christian Comm...
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By: on August 14, 2020
The powers-that-be of Boko Haram have never had it so good. It’s as though they are in power. Who has not heard that 601 so-called repentant, sorry, I meant to write repainted, Boko Haram terrorists have been re-integrated into communities after graduating in Gombe?And the Boko Haram blokes were each paid N20,000 to boot! There is also the concurrent news that at the last count Boko Haram has succeeded in killing 1,433 children in Nigeria.Crime and punishment can only be witnessed in the fict...
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By: on August 1, 2020
When the federal government conceived the policy of deradicalising, rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant Boko Haram militants, there was no indication how or by whom the idea came about, nor how to define and measure what repentance was or what it meant. Once the government had made up its mind on rehabilitating and releasing the militants, simply because they had surrendered and repented, the policy was firmed up and released to the public. Many people expressed reservations about the tim...
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By: on July 31, 2020
The Holy scriptures admonishes us in Matthew 5:9 that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” It is a sacred charge on all humanity to be partakers in the process of restoration of peace anywhere it is punctured. God Himself acknowledges the inevitability of wars and conflicts, precipitated by crisis among people, which culminates into what we generally categorize as insecurities. But the King of the universe and King of Kings has told us through His messenger...
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