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Boko Haram, Ndume and the Rest of Us

  By Abraham Yomi Senator Ali Ndume is a lucky man. But that luck has become torture for him so he is desperate to undo it in the hope that he can point to whatever sufferings follows as proof that karma has dealt him punishment for the bad things he has done against the land, against the rest of us. He is hooked on seeking redemption through penance for being among the leading financial backers and strategic supporters of Boko Haram terrorist group, more like the major godfather that allowed…

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Ali Ndume And His Crocodile Tears On Boko Haram

  By Hassan Biu When the expired 8th Session of the Senate under the leadership of the dictatorial, draconian and repressive former Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki slammed a six-months suspension on Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, in March 2017, the action invoked empathy and condemnations from some of us. We faulted the frivolous reasons the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges adduced for the suspension of Ali Ndume. But strongly, the 181 sitting legislative days he was barred from plenary were prolonged, ill-timed and absurd; much as it constituted unfair…

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General Buratai’s Spiritual Warfare Campaigns And Matters Arising

  By Roger Williams Ikongbe Some Nigerians are a hypocritical lot, including those who occupy exalted and influential leadership positions. Most times, when you listen to them, the impression which assails the mind defiantly replays images of weak leadership persona. Some days back, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the anti-insurgency campaigns in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai canvassed for the spiritual engagement of Boko Haram ideology by Nigerians. And inexplicably, it elicited harsh condemnations and scathing outbursts by some Nigerians. In the last four years, Gen.…

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Analysis: Boko Haram, prayers, indoctrination and science

  By Ademola Adegbamigbe In recent times, two individuals dominated public discourse pertaining to the war by other means against Boko Haram: Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State. They advocated the involvement of Muslim clerics in the war against Boko Haram. While the Borno Governor believes that with prayer, God could deploy Angel Gabriel and the hosts of heaven to smoke the insurgents out of their holes, Buratai’s position tilts more towards the pre-emptive approach of ideology or indoctrination. The two…

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Why Our Service Chiefs Deserve National Honour

  By David Onmeje When recently, I heard a member of the Nigerian Senate asking what the Service Chiefs have done these years on ending Boko Haram,  I knew immediately that there is another set of people that have been ignored in our hall of fame. It became clear to me, our politicians will stop at nothing to glorify themselves over nothing,  but excitedly spite others. The Senator who asked the rhetorical question amazed me infinitely. If today, and under President Muhammadu Buhari, any Nigerian can claim even in satiric…

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Nigeria’s sovereignty and the exemplary leadership of the Nigerian Army

  By Esther Okpabi The security architecture in Nigeria is such that it revolves around the operations of the Nigerian Army. I say this for the simple fact that since 2015, and with the advent of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army has indeed risen to the occasion in times too numerous to mention with innovations and operations that have always restored peace around the country. I am one of those in the school of thought that posits that, but for the present commitment of the Commander-in-Chief…

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Between Boko and Political Haram- Borno Conundrum

  By Daniel Ochonu The situation in North-East Nigeria calls for concern from all well-meaning Nigerians. This is given the wanton of destruction that has occasioned the war against Boko Haram terrorism since 2009. In some quarters it has been speculated that there is more to the activities of Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria than meets the eye. The reasons might not be far-fetched. Some people are behind their nefarious activities, and there is also another grouping that benefits from the crisis to smile to the bank. These are called…

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Jaha and his false compass on Boko Haram

By Idoko Ainoko Interesting times have refused to go in Nigeria so much that I wondered how and why some individuals that rose to prominence through the goodwill of the people have now constituted themselves as a nuisance to the same people that voted them into office. I must state that those that are elected as representatives of the people are most culpable in this regard. The case of Hon. Ahmadu Usman Jaha, a member representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza federal constituency in the House of Representatives is indeed a…

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Poverty, Values and The Lure of Venice

By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju We know from research that poverty dulls the senses. Statistics also show that poverty increases people’s vulnerabilities to sexual exploitation. The open recruitment for the Venice vacay has lessons for sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists on the commoditization of women. Social media is a treasure trove in behavioral psychology. It is possible this is all about girls wanting to have fun but the subliminal message of sexual exploitation aided by socio-economic emasculation is hard to ignore. I heard the Venice trip isn’t the first but this certainly takes…

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UK SUPREME COURT NULLIFICATION OF PARLIAMENT’S PROROGATION BY PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON: IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY IN NIGERIA -KAYODE AJULO, Ph. D

  BACKGROUND It will be recalled that on the 28th of August 2019, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the Queen to hold her customary speech in mid-October, a move many believed was calculated to suspend Parliament for a month and tactically limit lawmakers’ time to block a no-deal BREXIT. This singular request by the PM amplified the drama and intrigues surrounding the UK’s decision to withdraw its membership of the European Union. The Queen acting pursuant to the request by the PM ordered as follows: “It is this day…

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