OPINIONS

OPINION: Understanding Buratai’s Tall Order On Shekau – By Okanga Agila

Leader of the counter-insurgency war in Nigeria and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen.Tukur Yusufu Buratai is a soldier rarely given to anger, but it appears the mask forces behind terrorism in Nigeria have dragged him to the cusp of anger. He resents flippancy as indecent conduct. When he voices out on any matter, he strives his best to live his words. Gen. Buratai has obviously lost his cool on the terrorism war in Nigeria. This much is reflected in the matching orders he issued to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Major Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture ...
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PMB And The Descendants Of Shimei By Femi Adesina

There is nothing new under the sun, goes a popular saying. In fact, the more things seem to change, the more they appear the same. From time immemorial, some people have spoken evil of leadership, cast aspersions on them, and generally portrayed themselves as scum of the earth. No matter how a country loves its leader, there will naturally be those that the Good Book calls "filthy dreamers" who "despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities." That is why as spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, I never respond to such people. Their type would always be around. President Buhari has ...
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Now That Nigeria Is Planning To Start Collecting Tax From Beggars, What’s Next? By Tony Ogunlowo

In an attempt  to raise much needed funds, the Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has come up with the most ludicrous suggestions of all time : she plans to tax even beggars on their ‘earnings’. She made this perfectly clear at a news conference in Lagos recently. May I remind the Honourable Minister that ‘begging’ is not actually an occupation but rather a means to survive in times of harsh economic times. Nobody wants to go on the streets and beg for alms – for some it’s a necessity; the alms they receive from charitable people enables them to survive. Yes, ...
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Corruption Control And The Burden Of Integrity: A Call For Patrotism By Shehu Bashir

Integrity is a virtue that should never be compromised for anything, when it does, the result is always devastating – a nation in shambles and a soul in disarray.  Nigeria no doubt is such a very complex country.  This complexity is making everything very difficult to work. When laws are to be made, the background intents in the minds of the makers are rarely for the purpose of correcting any mischief. Often times, mischief is created instead of being corrected by these laws. In most cases, such intents are tainted with sentiment of greed and evasive attempt as if the ...
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Borno, Boko Haram and A Failed State – By Mahmoud Mahmoud

Social psychologists have established that massive youth unemployment and the failure of leadership at any level to secure a prosperous future for its upcoming generation of youths is largely the main recipe for insecurity anywhere in the world. When youngsters have not been prepared to be productive or to eke a decent livelihood as responsible citizens, a bleak future hovers dangerously. Youths become susceptible to bad influences’ and tend to turn easily towards crime and in most cases, violent and sophisticated crimes for survival. It is the nightmare of Nigeria, like most other countries in the world. The spate of ...
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2019 And Borno’s Political Boko Haram – By Ibrahim Bulama 

Global experts on terrorism have some new tasks on their hands, which they must devote time and energies to critically dissect in Nigeria. It is the emerging images of a psycho-political dimension and manifestations of operations  with semblance of the defeated  deadly  Islamic sect,  Boko Haram terrorism in Borno state and environs, in  Nigeria’s Northeast region. Security analysts have variously and successfully probed the totality of the success of the counter-insurgency war in Nigeria, with emphasis on the Northeast, where the fire raged tenaciously for years. The disparate analysts on terrorism in Nigeria identified the nuances of terrorism. They were ...
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Buratai: Diary Of A Workaholic‎ – By Okanga Agila 

To render selfless and rewarding public service in Nigeria or elsewhere is not something akin to a simple nursery rhyme pupils recite in class sessions. It requires time and commitment; it needs energy, self-depravity, discipline, determination, inspiration and undiluted focus on goals and targets as well as vigorous pursuit of the targets. An American retired four-star-general and statesman, Mr. Colin Luther Powell sums it as, “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Indisputably, the life of a successful soldier is laborious woven around these ethos and very cumbersome. This is very necessary for ...
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If Osinbajo Were Hausa Or Fulani… Yoruba Ronu, It’s Time To Go! By Bayo Oluwasanmi

When Muhammadu Buhari clinched the presidency, many Nigerians believed it was a year of a big, bloodless political revolution. But now we know this wasn't so much a revolution as a restructuring of the political order, a transfer of power from one elite to another, than the sort of bottom-up popular uprising that many Nigerians had in mind. The economic melt down, unrest, protests, violence, the long intractable poverty, the sense of hopelessness and helplessness, the leadership vacuum created by the hospitalization of President Buhari, and the tyrannical abandon of problems facing Nigerians by the do-nothing National Assembly have spurred ...
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Lagos Mobile Court And Social Regeneration By Kayode Oyekanmi

Like similar mega cities such as New York, New Delhi, Tokyo and Beijing, Lagos equally has to grapple with enormous challenges as it relates to maintenance of law and order. Lagos’ rising population brings with it, huge socio-economic challenges which make governance a tough call in the State. It is a known fact that the Lagos State Government has continued to make a massive investment into the upgrading of existing infrastructure across the State. However, being a cosmopolitan city with a growing population, the attitude of recalcitrant motorists as well as a penchant for environmental abuse among residents are some ...
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The Lion Of The East By Femi Fani-Kayode

Those from outside Igboland that say that they do not want Biafra have missed the point. It is for the people of the east to make that call and to make that decision and not for you. What you believe is good for the Igbo or what you prefer for them is neither here nor there. Ultimately it is only THEIR choice and THEIR decision, which can only be made and established in a free and fair UN-sponsored and conducted referendum, that matters. And in that referendum every single Igbo person, whether they be a traditional ruler, a chief, a ...
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