OBJ, GEJ as villains of Nigeria’s democracy

By Anthony Kolawole Nigeria recently celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. As usual, it was a time for sober reflections on the journey that started in 1999. Even as we celebrated, we forgot that there were events that led to what we are now celebrating. Some individuals made sacrifices, and some also paid the supreme price with their lives. One of such individuals is the late M.K.O Abiola on whose mandate some persons rose to limelight in the democratic dispensation in Nigeria. But guess what? They would never admit this…

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Emefiele and the not so exclusive audio tapes

By Philip Agbese In Nigeria, must we always kill our illustrious sons? It is a question that several persons of repute, including activist had asked in the past and the question again took on relevance in recent days as the hyenas hemmed in what they thought was their prey and tried to snuff life out of his career. The intended dinner of the human hyenas was the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. The hunting ground of choice was the web pages of Sahara Reporters, which went to…

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A hypocritical Obasanjo and the theory of deliberate mischief

By Abiodun Israel Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) is more restless than a grasshopper on green fields. He is inexplicably an excited elder statesman, meaninglessly loquacious and implicitly spats at himself, with his self-centered criticisms, but thinks he is upbraiding incumbent leaders. Agreed, Nigeria has been messed up since independence; but more intensely, during the 16 years PDP held power in the country, after the return of democracy in 1999. And OBJ is a focal person in laying the foundation of this decay and degeneration in the system for eight…

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Ooni’s Recent Pronouncement on Aje in Ile-Ife: Oyeyemi’s Remarks are Outrageous.

Remarks about Ooni Ogunwusi’s efforts at promoting Yoruba culture, Yoruba history, Yoruba nation and the Yoruba diaspora against the odds of the complex realities of our nation-state, Nigeria, abound. They range from applause for the awesome zeal with which the Ooni has been pursuing this laudable agenda to pedestrian illogical idle chattering. Unfortunately, included in the range of such remarks are tantrums from individuals who are supposed to demonstrate that they are highly cultured. Chief Oyeyemi’s recent outrageous remarks about Ooni’s purported establishment of a linkage between Ile-Ife and the…

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BURATAI: A LEGEND OR NOT

By GF Majekodunmi Is he a legend or not? In retrospect of the article written by one Mr. Charles Ogbu, which to my understanding, he did not only dispute the Legendary status of General Burati but disparage the prevailing circumstances on the ground, the time and the space the author is using to present it particularly to the school children in the form poem/folklore, he deemed improper and a sham. Nigeria being a Democratic State with freedom of speech, expression and association as entrenched in the constitution afforded Mr. Charles…

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NYSC: As A Patriot Assumes Duty

By David Onmeje In every country, soldiers offer invaluable service to the growth and development of any nation. Aside their traditional role of securing the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against external aggressors, the Army has a rich reservoir of personnel who service the country beyond the trenches and in multiple national responsibilities. Just yesterday, the Nigerian Army again offered one of her best brains in soldiering, academics and administration, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim to serve as the new Director- General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He…

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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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