Buratai And A Testament To History

By Abaji S. Abaji For some time, I refused to register in the somewhat national debate about the Nigerian Army and its leadership. I have read the divergent opinions from Nigerians about the Army’s ongoing counter-terrorism in Nigeria, with Northeast in focus, where troops are trying to clear remnants of insurgents in clearance operations. I discovered there are deliberate attempts by some Nigerian critics, commentators and analysts to undermine the Army as an institution and its leadership led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who…

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Buratai: Africa’s Encyclopedia On Counter-Terrorism

By Steve Jackson Basically, it’s not in the character of most Africans to appreciate merit and excellence, but warmly hug mediocrity. In Nigeria, this tendency is almost a national plaque. The best hands in public service are undermined and unfairly criticized, so very sensationally. And it is sparkled for laughable and sentimental reasons in such region, ethnicity or even religion. So, performance becomes an ass in the eye of the critic, insofar as the target is outside his favoured lenses. But very many clear-headed Nigerians appreciate and applaud the few…

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NIGERIAN ARMY AND BOKO HARAM’S MISADVENTURE IN DAMATURU

By Luqman Bashir Before an international coalition routed the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) from Syria, the fanatical terrorists had wrongly assumed an aura of invincibility. They carried out daring attacks, intensified their barbarism and did everything possible to court international attention. That quest for international attention was perhaps partly responsible for its adoption of Boko Haram faction as its Franchise in West Africa, which gave rise to the concept of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). It is certainly no coincidence that mindless Boko Haram/ISWAP attacks peaked at the same time…

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HOW BUHARI CAN ACHIEVE BETTER RESULTS WITH A NEW CABINET

By Evangelist Sunnybright Attah If there’s anything that slowed down the process of reforms and the changes President Muhammadu Buhari had intended to bring on board in 2015, it was the inability of some of his cabinet members to match his pace. The President openly lamented the much he could have done had his lieutenants understood the essence of speed and rigour in the implementation of government. Unfortunately, the much needed change that would have been done did not come but as the President has won a second term and…

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Harbin Kunama: Can Buratai Make Another Difference?

By Justice Abayomi It is quite heartbreaking to know the absurdity that every geopolitical zone in Nigeria, with the exception of the Southwest has its peculiar insecurity challenges. In the South-South, it is militancy; violent secessionists have their abode in the Southeast; farmers/herders crises are rooted in the North central; Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast; while the rave of the moment, armed banditry, cattle rustling, kidnappings and killings is the latest nightmare of people in the Northwest. And in the last four years, Nigerians in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto…

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Nigerian Army And The Triumph Of Public Trust

By Nkechi Odoma Framers of the Constitution of nations are like the Biblical three wise men. They belong to the realm of thinkers akin to the ancient and great Greek philosophy kings like Plato and Aristotle among others. Everywhere in the world, the Constitution, which is the supreme document of all sovereign countries, prescribes the protection of lives and property of the citizenry as a cardinal and foremost responsibility of all governments. Nigeria as a country has been a potpourri of violent crises and armed conflicts. The excitement of some…

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Understanding Campbell And His Corrupt Mindset On Nigeria

By Philip Agbese Only a few foreigners really decode the new wave of regeneration in Nigeria at the moment under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. The actions and policies of the APC-led Federal Government of Nigeria are not mere window-dressing or sloganeering about the change mantra. The impacts are felt and the results palpable everywhere. Quite early in the life of his administration, President Buhari sought to animate the minds of Nigerians toward attitudinal change by launching the #ChangeBeginsWithMe campaigns. It was designed to inspire an innately positive radical…

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Nigerian Elections And The Military: Between Fiction And Facts

By David Onmeje The 2019 general elections in Nigeria have come and gone. Another batch of democratic leaders have been empowered by majority of constituents to lead their destinies for another four years. Spectacularly, the myths, the anxieties, the phobias and the uncertainty generated by the elections have also silently ebbed out for calm and introspection among Nigerians. However, the tensions generated by the general elections had some outstanding issues worthy of further scrutiny in the post- election era. The fear of widespread electoral violence by political actors across Nigeria…

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Election Post-mortem: Campbell as Past Tense

By Richard Murphy Who else is an expert in Nigeria and Nigerian affairs if not former United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell? He also happens to be the go-to person for those that are desirous of setting the country ablaze. After all, Campbell happens to have the credibility as a onetime diplomat in Nigeria and is equally an American. As we have been told in a not too long-ago ignoble past, “America will know” if something is going wrong. Consistent with the agenda and policy of the United…

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When Campbell Is Bad News For America

By David Onmeje Former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell’s obsession with the destruction or destabilization of Nigeria is renowned. No one cares about his ranting anyway. But what amuses Nigerians is that each time he explodes with his personal emotions and anger against a united Nigeria, which is waxing stronger on all indices, he vomits gibberish and commits amazing blunders. What is more bewildering about Campbell is his refusal to deploy his supposedly deep knowledge and experience about Nigeria to positive preachments on uniting a nation or assisting…

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