Olusegun Adeniyi: The Chinese prince and the starving tigers


By Olusegun Adeniyi As one would expect from such IT persons, the duo of Mr Ye Zhenzhen, the CEO of People’s Daily Innovation and Mr David Chen, Vice President of Microsoft, dazzled their audience with the coming world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the implications for the new media age. ...

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#ForTheRecords: Pres. Buhari’s statement at the UN General Assembly


by Muhammadu Buhari  Ø    Mr. President, Ø    Fellow Heads of State and Government, Ø    Mr. Secretary-General, Ø    Distinguished Delegates, Ø    Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General.  I assure you both of my ...

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Reuben Abati: The python does not dance


By Reuben Abati Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?) controversial military exercise in the South Eastern part of Nigeria codenamed Operation Python Dance II is the ...

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Robert Ajayi Borrofice: Some beautiful ones have been born

Gov. Ayade in a handshake with Buhari at the State House on Wednesday January 14, 2016

by Robert Ajayi Borrofice When Ayi Kwei Arhma wrote his novel “The Beautiful ones are not yet born” it was a mirror of the dawn of post independence Ghana. An era characterized by  despair and political disillusionment among Ghanaians It was a prevalent situation nurtured by embezzlement of public fund and, ...

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Hope Eghagha: What are Edo girls doing in Italy


by Hope Eghagha The immediate motivation for writing this essay is an old video which I re-watched recently from ‘A Night of a thousand Laughs’ in which Comedian Basket Mouth referred to Edo girls as being interested only in the ‘International League’ with their corporate headquarters in Italy. He had ...

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Alabi Williams: Takeaways from Aisha Alhassan’s bravado

Jummai Alhassan

by Alabi Williams What should have been early and riotous commencement of hurricane 2019 (presidential race) in the ruling party was carefully deflected and downgraded into a non-lethal family affair by leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). All through last week and one before, the story in town was ...

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Simon Kolawole: Python Dance and the Bite of Biafra


by Simon Kolawole Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief, is a famous snake farmer. Naturally, he had no hesitation in unleashing pythons on south-eastern Nigeria to enforce the peace. The pythons have been dancing dangerously. Our polity, sharply divided along ethno-religious lines, is writhing in snake poison. The aim ...

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Dele Momodu: Our dear army, please cool temper


by Dele Momodu Fellow Nigerians, let me confess my admiration for security forces generally. It is not just because of the cleanliness and crispiness of their uniform or the famed discipline that they imbue in their members. It is because I find their job too risky. I often wonder why ...

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Shaka Momodu: Nigeria will need healing from the damage Buhari has done


by Shaka Momodu Sometimes, I want to laugh at our people and say, it serves you right. Some other times, I just want to “siddon look”, apologies to our Cicero, the late Chief Bola Ige. And yet more often than not, my first instinct when they are complaining about the ...

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Olusegun Adeniyi: 2019 and the Abuja Python Dance


by Olusegun Adeniyi It was not enough for the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, to say that she has pitched her political tent with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election race that has, for all practical purposes, been declared open; she also had to ...

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Chidi Odinkalu: Let’s talk about hate speech


by Chidi Odinkalu The Nigerian government has chosen to declare a war on hate speech. Some of its most senior officers appear uncertain about the applicable laws. Keen not to be left behind, the ruling party seems willing to make a party political issue out of the matter. The desire ...

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Reno Omokri: Bolaji Abdullahi and APC’s beer parlour propaganda


by Reno Omokri My attention has been drawn to a statement by the APC and released in some newspapers with the headline ‘Nobody could have looted like Jonathan, APC replies PDP’ It is indeed disheartening that the All Progressive Congress has again decided to stand truth on its head by ...

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Reuben Abati: Mama Taraba and the APC crisis

Aisha Alhassan-Atiku

Mama Taraba is Senator Aisha Alhassan, the current Minister of Women Affairs in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, and arguably the most influential female politician in Taraba state today. She did something shocking and unusual in Nigerian politics during the last Eid-el-Kabir holidays. While paying homage to former Vice President Alhaji ...

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Anthony Akinola: Revisiting the Nigerian 1959 constitution

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by Anthony Akinola This article aims to conclude that “federal character” is both desirable and inevitable in the context of our nation.  However, the article itself is an attempt to revisit the 1959 federal election as a platform to arriving at that conclusion.  The historical 1959 federal election took Nigeria ...

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Alabi Williams: APC: Enthroning communist style dictatorship


by Alabi Williams We advised not long ago that in no time, issues around 2019 would dominate the political space and push serious governance challenges to the sidelines. But we did not predict the speed at which it would unravel and that it might take the shape of some wild ...

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Simon Kolawole: Of course, Nigeria is highly negotiable

Simon Kolawole

by Simon Kolawole Where do you stand in this ongoing debate on the state of the Nigerian union? I have so far identified four lines of thought (1) pro-status quo (2) pro-restructuring (3) pro-balkanisation and (4) “siddon look”. The first group thinks there is nothing to change, the second thinks ...

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Femi Adesina: Wanted: A restructuring of minds


by Femi Adesina Hearing some Nigerians speak (whether based at home or in the Diaspora) you discern that they are “in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.” They spew out things that give them away as “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within ...

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Dele Momodu: Will I support Buhari in 2019? Let me say I doubt


by Dele Momodu The hurdles Nigerian youths must cross in 2019. Fellow Nigerians, please, permit me to enlarge this subject as much as possible. Nothing is more crucial than getting the leadership of Nigeria right, as quickly as possible. Many have asked me certain questions, after reading my recent articles, ...

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Garba Shehu: A president’s 32″ TV screen


by Garba Shehu When Bayo Omoboriowo, the restless personal photographer of President Muhammadu Buhari barged in on the president requesting to have his picture taken as he watched the match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun, it certainly didn’t occur to him that he ...

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Banji Ojewale: Unlocking the likes of Osinbajo


by Banji Ojewale Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the father of modern-day bureaucratic jurisprudence of Lagos State… He was discovered by Governor Bola Tinubu… He went on to become the state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General in the Third Republic in 1999… He undertook notable reforms in grassroots judicature ...

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