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“I stand by my allegations, I will never apologize” – Lawmaker Abdulmumin Jibrin Dares Speaker Dogara

Lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said he will never apologize to speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over allegations of padded budget 2016.   In a series of tweets reacting to the Speaker’s statements issued, Jibrin wrote, “I will not and will never apologize to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust like speaker Dogara and 3 others”.   The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in a statement issued a while ago, gave former Chairman, House of Representative’s Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin a seven-day...
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The Gulen Movement Is Not A Cult — It’s One Of The Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today – Graham Fuller

Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen of plotting last week’s failed coup against the government. Immediately thereafter, Erdogan unleashed massive Stalin-style purges and arrests across the country of anyone suspected of any connection with Gulen or indeed of anyone of any ideology who opposes Erdogan. First of all, when we talk about Islamic leaders in Turkey, we’re talking about a very different scene than in most of the rest of the...
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Abidemi Babaolowo Oderinlo: My Role as a Citizen of Earth 

It’s like being a child of your parent, a brother or sister to your siblings, a husband or wife and father or mother to your children, a friend of your friends and problem to your foes, it is being a little bit of everything without conflicting your role as an individual or duplicating your identity to function as all of this characters at the same time, it occurs naturally, a part of your natural identity and it only takes you being you for you to function in this position all at once. Your being a father or mother to your children doesn’t stop you from being a child to your own parent or uncle to...
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Bade Adebolu: Judgement Scam; Why Okonjo-Iweala Should Not Be Blamed

Recently, a coalition of anti-corruption civil society bodies petitioned the EFCC that the erstwhile Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Muhaamed Bello Adoke to account for the sum of $3.2 billion allegedly belonging to the 774 local governments on whose behalf one Mr. Joe Agi SAN obtained the judgment. According to media report, “…none of the local governments benefited from the $1.6 billion said to have been paid to the plaintiffs.” The question on the minds of many Nigerians is: Who really authorized the disbursement of the funds? I am not so good at mathematics, but I know for sure that a...
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Maobuye Nangi Obu: Post Amnesty Era- What Happens When This Amnesty Expires? Part 1

The current situation in the Niger Delta typifies of a ravaged and mismanaged war economy due to failure of the Nigerian government to fully implement the Presidential Amnesty DDR programme and failure of the agency to reconstruct and transform the Niger Delta economy into a functioning market that will enable the people earn a decent living. After conflict like that of the Niger Delta insurgency, Nigeria ought to embark in multi-pronged transition to peace. Violence must give way to public security in the area; political exclusion, lawlessness, kidnapping, ethnic conflict etc.; must give way to the rule of...
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Zayyad I. Muhammad: The Youths in the Boko Haram Conflict Region

There are quite a number of young people in the Lake Chad region (Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad) affected by the Boko Haram conflict- the Chibok girls are a good example . The March 2016 edition of the monthly situation report by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and International Organization for Migration (IMO) indicates that there are 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, including 1.9 million displaced by the Boko Haram conflict. 92% of the IDPs are being hosted by low-income host communities, bringing already-stretched services...
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Dolapo Aina : Chibok Girls; Two Years After

What moral right do we have to tell our children to go to school when we can’t protect them there? - Yusuf Abubakar,Coordinator of the sit-out group Bring Back Our Girls. Precisely, two years ago, on Monday, the 14th of April 2014, 276 girls were abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School Chibok dormitories. 57 girls escaped while 219 girls are still missing. From April 14, 2014 to April 14, 2016; 18 parents of the Chibok Girls have died. The aforementioned figures are a snapshot of the Chibok Girls story. Most Nigerians might recollect the time/period when the Chibok Girls story began to...
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Richard Tayo: Patience, The Precursor To Our Change

If only we know what it takes to blast and scrap from underground the metal that has bewitched and harassed man for over 6000 years..... What else but gold! Jewelers and goldsmith have selected gold as their precious metal of choice because of its unique properties. If only we know the efforts and time put in from mining to smelting process to refining and assaying before it becomes that ornament we all adorn with pride, then we can safely say nothing good comes easy. What happens next depends on how the gold will be used. Pure gold is generally too soft for most practical...
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Ogundana Michael Rotimi: Dear Mr. Femi Adesina; Your Vulgarity Is Fast Becoming Unbearable, Take Heed Lest You Fall.

 Dear Mr. Femi Adesina; I bring to you this passage from the Holy Bible: “Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls- 1 Corinthians 10:12”. That is my message for you today. Meanwhile, I will try as much as I can, to keep it brief but concise, lest you call me a wailing wailer. Sir, may I remind you that your appointment into your present position came on the 31st May 2015, you resumed officially into office on the 9th June, 2105 and on the 1st July, 2015, barely a month after your resumption into the President Buhari`s led administration as the special adviser on media &...
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Mukhtar Jarmajo: Missing Budget, Budget Padding And A Handicapped President

Amna: Daddy! Father: Yes my Daughter! Amna: I just read that President Buhari is handicapped as regards signing the 2016 Budget. Why? Father: My Daughter, there's no way he can assent what he has no detail about. When the Senate transmitted to him the 2016 Appropriation Budget to assent thereby making it a law, it didn't provide him with detail of the changes effected. Amna: Daddy, be more legible pls. Father: Amna, the Senate was expected to avail Buhari with the detail of whatever changes it has made to the Budget he proposed so that he wouldn't assent what he will later not be happy with. Amna: I...
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Ogundana Michael Rotimi: Dear President Buhari, The Last Time I checked, You Are Still The Minster Of Petroleum Resource

Your Excellency Sir, I write you this piece not as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but as the minister of petroleum resources appointed by yourself on the 11th of November, 2015. You seem to have forgotten that you are the minister of petroleum resources and may have completely relinquished your responsibilities to the minister of state of petroleum resources- Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who to me, to a reasonable extent has been up and doing. You seem to have neglected the fact that you are directly answerable to Nigerians as the Minister of petroleum resources, and owe it to Nigerians to make the...
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Akintayo Joshua: The Directionlessness of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi In Oyo State

Majorly referred to as the home of “Amala politics” due to the love for the food by the indigenes of the state. Oyo state has practiced this brand of politics which could easily pass for ‘game of smartness or patronage’ as the case may be. It has developed a nomenclature around the state which has seen no governor rule for not more than one term, and this has been majorly attributed to their public disregard and disrespect for the ‘Amala politics’ brand. Abiola Ajimobi actually broke the jinx, shattering whatever glass ceiling that may have been impose on governance in the state, when he was...
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#RiversRerun: When working for elections is signing your death warrant – Itodo Samson

Professor Wahira, a lecturer in the University of Port Harcourt returned from the state Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to find his wife and kids on their knees. Since, it was lent, daytime devotion is expected and welcome. The no-nonsense Professor of Biochemistry had gone to reassure the Resident Electoral Commissioner of his commitment to serve as a returning officer in the #RiversRerun elections despite threats and intimidations from different quarters. On closer contact with his wife and kids, he discovered this was no prayer session instead his family members were...
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Olalekan Waheed Adigun: Fighting Terrorism With A Lean Purse

Apart from those who witnessed the Mallam Muhammadu Maitasine riots in the ’80, many would have beaten their chests that terrorism cannot be an issue in Nigeria as we know it today. These people have obvious reasons to support their optimism. It is no longer news that terrorism is now an, if not the main, issue in African politics. The terrorists did their very worst in early 2015 attacking Garrissa University in Kenya leaving 148 innocent students dead in the process. The al-Shabab has since claimed responsibility for the attack and has grown even bolder and more daring that ever. The Boko Haram has...
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Nnaemeka Oruh: Nigeria; A Nation Of Religious Buffoons

N2.2Billion spent on prayers! The sheer number of zeros you have to add to get that amount was what first hit me. Then again, we spent N2.2 Billion on prayers and God gave us Buhari, dwindling oil prices, a nation gradually being encased by insecurity from all quarters, and an economy in the toilet. Seeing as everything has to revolve around the head(who in this case is Buhari),it follows then that one of two things is possible; Buhari was God's choice for Nigeria, or God never got the money. If we operate under the assumption that Buhari was God's choice for Nigeria, then it follows that God either hates...
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Leke Ademo: Nigeria Today; Social Media, Prompt Policing And The Release Of The 3 BMJS Girls

Life is fun, but certain things happen at several times that makes people ask certain questions. The recent kidnapping of 3 students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS) by kidnappers came as a shock. It made many Nigerians to think of the aspect of life that makes us think and ask questions. Life is fun when all is rosy, but when certain things that are not fun at all happen, everyone asks questions especially when the situation bothers them directly. Although, as a Sociologist, I write on social issues by proffering solutions to societal problems (such as my recent write up on ‘the naira, the...
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Gimba Kakanda: Ese Oruru: How the North and Islam Became Scapegoats of a Teenager’s Folly

There is a usually predictable, almost robotic, pattern of reaction to any story in which an individual or a group from the north of Nigeria is a major character. This is the error of contemptuous generalisation, taking the action of a few individuals for a collective decision of the entire region. Or visiting the “sins” of the colonial north upon the millennial. This diseased lockstep of the mind is then applied to our social interactions, influencing both the outcomes of our political activities and even one’s sense of safety or social integration in any region other than ours.   The...
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Paul Akingbola: The Monumental Predicament Of Africa? The Land Of Green

“If I could, I would. But why…” This was the intrapersonal conflict I departed Europe with, last winter. With its astonishing natural greens, Africa is considered the continent with the best soil on earth. While I grew up hearing this from my teachers throughout elementary school, I had expectations and still do anticipate fragrant fruits from ‘Mama’ Africa. I remember my grandmother affirming over and over again, the sweetness of her childhood despite its being characterized by polygamy. She would paint mental pictures of how she grew up hearing from her father, the mythical stories of African...
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