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Gimba Kakanda: Boko Haram; The End Of A Conspiracy?

If the past administration took the Boko Haram for granted, making the disaster a justification for grand treasury theft and even failing to correct perception of its key figures as sponsors of the the group in conspiracy theories promoted to gullible and polarized citizens, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, despite its controversial handling of the economy, clearly takes its predecessors as a bad model for conflict management. A prominent politician once told me that the war on terror failed under former President Goodluck Jonathan because, aside from our popular ridiculing of the man...
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On Going China-Nigeria Cooperation; Should We Still Worry?

President Muhammadu Buhari is back from China. A common discussable topic nowadays, the retail-business woman in the market finally looks forward to instant relieve on inflation, un comforting hike in price of goods and services. As conceived by her– President Buhari was on a proverbial journey,  to find lasting solution to various problems holding us down as a nation, to fight Pharaoh and her army (enemies of progress) and return home with the long awaited ‘magic rod’ similar to one used by Moses in the bible to path the red sea. We need ours to free Nigeria from shackles of poverty, hardship,...
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Lanre Shadiya: What Is Wrong With Buhari’s Nigeria?

During the last Presidential elections, I supported the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari. I did not only support in words, I did in action and also financially contributed to his campaign from the little I have. I have never met the retired General, I seek no political position or juicy contract and I am not a member of any political party. I supported Muhammadu Buhari because I believed, and still believe, he was the best option we had out of all the candidates that we were asked to choose from in 2015. Depending on who you ask about the administration’s performance till date, it could be said to be...
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Jamilu Mabai: Masari Wolfs Of Social Media?

The above headline, the comments that will follow and the premeditated attack by wolf of social media will certainly be unavoidable. In this piece, I write based on past engagement and encounter I had on social media. The outcome has unraveled people deep opinion on governance in Katsina.  On how conversations on certain issues of plain truth and the subject of discussion were diverted to suit personal destructive interest due to allegiance to people with power. TRUTH the most hated word in the hearts of desperate wolfs on social media trying so hard to get recognition in exchange for...
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Sunday Osanyintuyi: Tope Alabi; The Ekiti State Fool

Growing up as a child under the tutelage of my paternal grandma of blessed memory, she always made it abundantly clear that “ Iwe mimo ko ni ogbon” translated as “being educated does not equal smartness”.  This old saying is more apt for the recent action of Dr, Temitope Aluko, ex PDP Ekiti state secretary whom I wish to refer to in this short piece as “Ekiti Fool”. 2016 has almost not began when Dr. Tope Aluko came to national televisions displaying evidences of how June 2014 governorship election was militarized and rigged in favour of current  guy, Ayodele Fayose. Needless to inundate you...
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Reuben Abati: A Country In Search Of A Miracle

“You look tired” “Ha, my brother. Thanks for being observant. I have been trekking.” “Trekking?” “I went to buy fuel at that fuel station by the Estate gate. I had to abandon the car there. On my way back home, I could not find okada or any other form of transportation.” “No wonder you are sweating.” “All the tricyclists and the okada people claim they have no fuel.” “It is good for you big men to have a taste of what poor people go through. This fuel scarcity is an effective leveler. It is no respecter of persons.” “I can’t wait for April 7 to...
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Mahmud Abdullahi: Boko Haram; Defeating The Ideology

When President Muhammadu Buhari declared December 31, 2015, as the deadline for the final defeat of the terrorist group Boko Haram, some wondered if the deadline was ever feasible, or, if it is at all possible to defeat Boko Haram. In these past months however, the Nigerian Military has recorded some significant progress in this war, although it is still safe to say we have not seen the last of the terrorists. In warfare nothing is written in black and white as situations and dynamics are perpetually changing. However, dealing with groups such as Boko Haram is particularly problematic and that has little to...
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Wale Ajetunmobi: As politicians dance on Corp members’ graves

If my memory serves me right, the first time National Youth Corps (NYSC) members were engaged in the nation’s electoral process was during the 2011 general elections. That year, no fewer than 10 Corps members were brutally killed in the aftermath of that process by political thugs in Kaduna State and elsewhere. While the spirits of those innocent youths still hover for justice, the government, which drafted them on a compulsory service to the nation, has since moved on. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) - which corralled the victims into a dangerous exercise without protection - and the...
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Jamilu Mabai?: Gov. Masari Annual Levy; The Right Policy Or The Good Policy

The news broke out a week ago, after the weekly council meeting when Hon Commissioner Ministry of water resources disclosed to news men the decision by the government of RT. Hon Aminu Bello Masari to introduce the annual tax levy for private/commercial motorcycles and tricycle users as a means revenue generating scheme.   The charges include N6, 200 for private motorcycles, N6, 650 for users of commercial motorcycles and 7, 500 for users of tricycles. Mathematically, users are expected to pay an overall sum of N19.00 (Naira Goma sha Tara) daily which is more than fair enough going by the economic stability...
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Daniel A. Moses: OAU No More “Oba Awon Universities”?

The self-acclaimed “Oba Awon Universities” (King of universities) is fast losing its credibility for which it was acclaimed king. OAU, which is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s finest universities in terms of academic prowess and otherwise is now beginning to ridicule itself amongst others through its very irrational actions. No thanks to both the school management and its students. In the late hours of December 1st 2015, the governing council shut down the school indefinitely and still went ahead to suspend the Students Union Government (SUG). So shameful of the school...
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Orukotan, Ayomikun Samuel: Begging And Beggars: At A Time Like This!

In any social order, the veracity of pluralism holds in diverse calling. Pluralism is a school of thought that clenches the universal belief of things existing in pair. In the world of algebra, Boolean is akin to pluralism. In any society therefore, this two of a kind trend exist, segregating the rich from the poor, beggars from lenders, villains from heroes, losers from winners etc. such is life in a pluralistic society. Poverty is the bane of many African countries, including Nigeria. A report presented by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) at the AU summit in Egypt, 2008 has said that poverty fuels...
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UNILAG 5.0 CGPA Record Holder: I Sold Computer Accessories and Tutored to Foot My Bills in UNILAG

As a born Psychologist, Ayodele Daniel Dada ran into his passion in books of mixed genre. He defied the boundaries that enveloped his dreams and has lived a life of colours – disappointments and strides. Ayodele gathered the pieces of his set-back in 2011 when his UTME result was cancelled, eight years after completing his secondary school education, and moved on to explore the difficulty of being a stubborn knowledge seeker. Today, he stands tall among his peers, creating a record of 5.0 CGPA after 54 years of UNILAG. Born and raised in Lagos but hails from Ekiti, Ayodele presently interns with Procter and...
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Olalekan Waheed Adigun: Who Stole PDP’s Thinking Cap?

When many thought the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is ticking the right boxes for 2019, the party leadership came up with something unique. There appear to be a drama series which never in want of Acts and Scenes with its peculiar dramatis personae as professional politicians or “garrison commanders”. When one is left to think that one event is at anti-climax, another event within same plot is in ‘raising action’. The question on the minds of the audience is: When will this film come to an end? Since its shock defeat in the presidential election in March, 2015 the party is still licking its...
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Olawale Rotimi: Identity Crisis Among Africans

In this jet age, it is difficult to tell who an African is, the standards that define an African are uneasy to define, as foreign cultures, languages, and philosophies have strongly influenced us to the extent that majority of Africans have abandoned African cultures and languages to imbibe foreign cultures and languages. Therefore, welcome to Africa; a continent where Africans travel to Europe and America to study African culture and languages; Welcome to Africa, a continent with vast agro-ecology and resources, yet her people takes pride in importing foreign food items; Welcome to Africa, a continent where...
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Which Way Nigeria – Innovative Technology or Manual Efforts? – Innocent Ekejiuba

The question has been asked a thousand and one times: What is the worth of the Nigeria life? Perhaps one should stream it down to: What is the worth of the Nigerian labour? Or if you please: What is the worth of the Nigerian brain? What is the worth of the brain that thinks in analogue mode and, indeed, what is the value of innovative technology in Nigeria? True, every labourer—manual or intellectual—is worthy of their wage. But the question persists about which should earn more – or are they supposed to be equal in worth and earnings? These questions and more are begging for answers, especially in...
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Harvard Psychologist Says This Surprising Trait Can Make You More Successful

While researching her new book, "Presence," Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy interviewed a number of venture capitalists about what personal qualities successful entrepreneurs demonstrate. Perhaps the most striking observation she collected was this: "I don't mind if they're a little bit nervous; they're doing something big, something that matters to them, so it makes sense they'd be a little bit nervous." In the book, Cuddy outlines two key reasons why a moderate amount of nervousness can be helpful in stressful situations. For one, anxiety can be an adaptive response that keeps us alert to...
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Muhammad ‘Din Shehu: Governor Yahaya Bello And The Politics Of Early Appointments

It is no longer news that His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been sworn in as the 4th Executive Governor of Kogi State on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. What has raised not a few eyebrows among some political stakeholders in Kogi State are the first political appointments made by the Governor in the immediate aftermath of his inauguration. In a statement released in Lokoja, the State Capital and signed personally, Governor Yahaya Bello announced the appointment with immediate effect of Mr. Edward Onoja as his new Chief of Staff. Also appointed is Mr. Abdulkarim...
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Henry Onyidoh: Getting Around Office Bad Belles

Call it (or them) any name you want – saboteurs, haters, opposition, people with pull-down-at-any-cost syndrome, enemies of progress; but it all boils down to bad belle people, of whom the master rapper, Mister Incredible (M.I) has made quite a huge diss about. You encounter this type of people in every facet of life, and most especially in your place of work, and more often than not you’ve relegated them to the background, where nothing they say seems to matter anymore. Imagine a colleague with whom you are having this type of relationship with, the person who makes every innocent conversation edgy....
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