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Femi Fani-Kayode: A call to Christians and a warning to the bigots

“Christians commit more wicked crimes than terrorists….they commit crimes against humanity” Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, Benin City, Aug.15th 2016. It is welcome news that Mr. Anjem Choudary, Britain’s “most hated man” and the radical British Islamist who pledged an oath of allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Amir Abubakar …

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Femi Aderemi: TSA – Why we mustn’t throw the baby away with the bath water

It is often said that Nigerians are resilient and can ‘suffer and smile’ their way through any situation, however tough. Maybe so. But as Nigeria gradually slides into full-scale economic recession, frowns are beginning to outnumber smiles and many fear the future looks bleak. Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) …

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Ameh Comrade Godwin: Insecurity in Benue – Ortom, the time to act is now!

William Shakespeare once submitted that, “security is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” The increasing nature of insurgency, terrorism, arm robbery, kidnappings, corruption and ethnic crisis, et al in Nigeria, particularly Benue State constitute a disturbing threat to security to life and property. Lack of security of lives and property of the citizenry …

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‘Ifreke Inyang: Let’s talk about the 2016/2017 Premier League season – A Preview

It’s that time of the year again. Gripping matches. Shockers. Controversies. Feisty confrontations. Mind games. Season-defining fixtures. Stadium cramped with excited fans, belting out songs in worship or war. British most watched drama series, the English Premier League, returns to our screens this weekend. The teasers have left us pleadingly …

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Femi Fani-Kayode: Niger Delta crusaders, Muslim pilgrims and United States of Nigeria [Part 2]

Sadly many in the conservative core north remain unconvinced. For example the Arewa Consultative Forum issued a statement on the 7th August in which they stated their total opposition to restructuring and instead of offering an olive branch of peace and understanding to its advocates who are predominantly in the …

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Inibehe Effiong: EFCC, cyber stalking and the threat to freedom of expression in Nigeria

The arrest and detention of a Nigerian blogger and political commentator, Mr Abubakar Sidiq Usman, popularly known as Abusidiq, on Monday the 8th of August, 2016 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged “cyber stalking related offences” has incensed the cyberspace and ignited tirades of lacerations directed …

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Inibehe Effiong: Arrest and detention of blogger Abusidiqu by EFCC is troubling

Information reaching the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) has it that a popular Nigerian blogger and political commentator, Mr Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, also known as Abusidiqu, was arrested on the early hours of Monday 8th August, 2016 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) purportedly over …

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Usama Dandare: The needless forex subsidy for pilgrims

With regard to federal government’s decision of August 4, 2016, instructing Nigerian banks to provide forex to the country’s intending Hajj pilgrims at N197 per Dollar. This follow after the government ordered similar forex reduction for Christian pilgrims going to Jerusalem at N160 per Dollar earlier this year. It’s disgusting …

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Reuben Abati: Endorsing Hillary Clinton in America’s historic election

Reuben AbatiIf there was any hope that Donald Trump would change tactics and be more restrained after winning the Republican party Presidential nomination for the November 8 US election, that hope is now lost. The fellow has remained aggressive, incorrigibly brash and completely negative. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has …

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Women antidote to graft in Nigeria – Rector

Until Nigerian women are given their fair shares in Nigerian political hegemony, corruption in the nation’s polity will continue, according to Acting Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State Dr. Kuburat Olaosebikan. Speaking at the maiden conference of the Polytechnic chapter of Women in Technical and Vocational Education, (WITED) Olaosebikan, said …

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Power supply: Beyond the blame game

Most Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction with the current performance of the power sector under the ministerial stewardship of Mr. Babatunde Fashola. They think that his transformation of Lagos State as governor would easily be replicated in the power sector, resulting in improved power generation and the attendant improvement in power …

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How Erdogan blackmailed us over Islamic State

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is blackmailing the United States by threatening to withdraw his country’s support for the international coalition against the Islamic State, on grounds that the US did not honour his request to extradite the Islamic Cleric Fethulah Gulen. Membership at the coalition is numbering over 60 …

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