Spring In Army Generals’ Steps

Before last month’s heroic capture of the Boko Haram stronghold at Sambisa Forest in Borno State, the Nigerian soldier had not had a good public image for 45 years. The last time soldiers were seen as heroes here was during the Nigeria Civil War, which ended in January 1970. In those days Federal soldiers had everyone’s support as they fought “To Keep Nigeria One,” which the Head of State General Yakubu Gowon said “Is A Task That Must Be Done.” The military’s war songs, many of them composed by the…

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Fayose And The Phobia of End Times

By Okanga Agila What Nigerian politicians have been unable to conquer in politicking is the fear of tomorrow; the fear of an uncertain future and the fear that kowtows to a bleak political future, greased by the unreasonable actions of today. Had Nigerian politicians overcome this force of nature, they would have mounted the podium and claimed conquest of the universe. The voice of the oracle is saying someone in the Southwest is sick. He is gripped by the fever of end times. The fever is so intense and discomforting.…

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Boko Haram: Time To Win The Peace

By ABUBAKAR ABUBAKAR There is a moment that is gathering momentum that I totally subscribe to wholesale. It is the concept of winning the peace in Nigeria’s northeast following the sacking of Boko Haram terrorists from Sambisa Forest. The terrorists’ half a decade of madness left behind devastation beyond what those living in the areas  have ever witnessed in their living memory. In the wake of the Nigerian Army capturing Sambisa Forest, the last stand of the terror sect, which is effectively winning the anti-terror war, people begin to talk…

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