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Red Cross and a handshake beyond the elbow

By Timothy Onwe In the over a decade, I have contributed to the national discourse, there has never been a time like now that I am writing with so much pain in me. The anxiety stems not from bodily harm, but that of disappointment from an organization that is on the ground in over 90 countries and prides itself as neutral, impartial, and independent. This same organization, for inexplicable reasons, has so decided to veer off its core mandate of helping people affected by conflict and armed violence to delving…

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Understanding French NGO’S obsession with Nigeria’s war against terrorism

  By Richard Murphy As a first, Nigeria is not a banana republic where everything goes. There are laid down rules and regulations. There is a Constitution that also guides our actions and inactions, just like in the majority of the world where there is a democracy. The piece by Bertrand Perrochet, the director of operations of Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) titled “Is Counter-Terrorism killing Humanitarian action in Nigeria,” portrays a picture of a deliberate attempt by the military authorities to deprive victims of the Boko Haram war…

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Emergency Activists And The Soul Of Nigeria

By Babatunde Ajayi Foreign powers have sustained diabolic political and economic hold on African nations, even with the flag independence the 54 countries on the continent savor, or granted since the early 50s and 60s. Of late, Nigeria, with its status as the most populous and richly endowed black nation on earth has come under immense pressures of plots by the external destabilizing forces. And because of the slavish submit of Africa leaders to the dictates of Western powers, exploiting the political cum economic resources of African nations, it has…

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Onyema and The Feds

  By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju I am conflicted about the Air Peace boss case. I want to pity him because he may have been ignorant of the transparency required by the United States in financial transactions. He may also have tried to be cheap by gaming the system through shell companies on his own. There are skilled hands who do this and they do it in tax havens like the Caymans, not in America. Round tripping and many clever ways of gaming the system is a crime here. In America, honesty…

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Sowore: Before we crucify the secret Police

  By Idoko Ainoko The recent attacks on the Department of State Service (DSS) with regards to the handling of the demonstrators demanding the release of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, is at best uncharitable. I say this for the fact that the demonstrators acted out of ignorance, and as usual, some segment of the country that does not see anything right with this present administration went to the market. They were quick to cast aspersion and attempt to crucify the secret Police. This is somewhat not surprising…

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Boko Haram: The Taming Of A Monster

  By Dan Abakpa In September 2014, the Jonathan Presidency served a pyrrhic victory to Nigerians over claims that it has killed Boko Haram’s most vicious leader, Abubakar Shekau. The public statement excited Nigerians, but sadly turned out to be a ruse like previous such claims in July 2009 and another in late June 2013. The then Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that the man posing as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was his moniker adopted by the sect. He insisted that Shekau had been killed earlier…

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Nigeria Customs Service Directive to Halt Petroleum Products supply to Towns within 20 Kilometers to the National Borders not Well Thought -Out

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin The world has gone beyond the crude mode of operations of Nigeria’s security architecture; its shortcoming is further being brought to the public glare by the directive of the Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col (Rtd) Ali Hammed, to halt the supply of petroleum products within 20 kilometers of our national borders to prevent export to neighbouring countries. The policy would be disastrous to the livelihood of those living and working in and around these areas, who also depend on petroleum products for survival.When has it…

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DE-ROBING LADY JUSTICE

Predictably, the Justices of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Tanko, arrived at the judicial answer to the PDP’s appeal without even looking at the question. While I am not part of those that believed that the PDP won the elections,nor was I expecting The Courts to nullify the elections, I was horrified at the manner at which the Supreme Court reached its decision to dismiss the Atiku appeal in under 50 minutes. Although I have been around for a while and have heard and seen all sorts take place(some…

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BARRISTER HALIMA ALFA: BETWEEN PATRIOITISM AND ETHNICITY IN THE CHOICE OF VOTING FOR A GOVERNOR FOR KOGI STATE.

It is no longer news that Barrister Halima Alfa has come under vitriolic attacks from a segment of the Igala elite who masquerade themselves as the champion of a so-called Igala agenda in a multi-ethnic state and society like ours. For those who care to know, history will surely witness to the patriotism of Barrister Halima as against the ethnic bigots taste of the proponents of the Igala as against the Kogi state agenda.   The election of Yahaya Bello as the governor of our state was the pinnacle event…

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Philosophy Behind General Buratai’s Stellar Performance

  By Yakubu Mohammed “Soldiers would marry the prettiest women, live in the best homes, eat the best food, wear the best cloth and drive the best cars because when war comes, they die first” —Muhamadu Ribadu I stumbled on this quote of Nigeria’s first Defence Minister after independence and a reputable Northern politician of his time, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu. He lived an eventful life between 1909 and 1965. He was not a soldier, but knew exactly the pains of a soldier. So, I was fascinated at this catchy wisdom.…

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