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Opinion: The president and his hoodlums, By Dare Babarinsa

Opinion: The president and his hoodlums, By Dare Babarinsa

  Next week, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the beloved daughter of Chief Reuben Famuyide Fasoranti, would be buried in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Last week, Funke was alive and well. This week, she is in the mortuary. Next week, she is in the grave. She was a victim. We are all victims. Last Friday, Funke was returning from Akure, where ... Read More »

Opinion- Nduka Obaigbena at 60: reading the heart of his art, By Aliu Akoshile

Opinion- Nduka Obaigbena at 60: reading the heart of his art, By Aliu Akoshile

  *Akoshile* Only few Nigerians have earned a national acclaim with their first names. Those who are old enough still will remember the late Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Ramat Mohammed. He was popularly known by his first name, Murtala. Even after he was assassinated in an abortive military coup in 1976, the name Murtala has remained glued to ... Read More »

How MKO Abiola reconciled with Chief Awolowo after eating a bowl of eba in his house and other stories, By Chief Olusegun Osoba

  *Chief Osoba* Chief Obafemi Awolowo was at home one sultry day in the mid-80s when he was informed that an unlikely visitor had come to visit him. *Chief Awolowo* When he was told it was Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, his archenemy, so to speak, Awolowo was stunned. It sounded like an April Fools’ Day joke, but he decided ... Read More »

Opinion: Why You Gain Nothing From Ethnic Bias,  By Professor Pat Utomi

Opinion: Why You Gain Nothing From Ethnic Bias, By Professor Pat Utomi

*Prof Utomi* I’m a Christian from Niger Delta, but most of the things I’ve ever achieved occurred through the help of non-Christians and non-Niger Deltans. I was actually looking for a way to get a banking license for a wealthy Nigerian so I approached one Fulani prince whom I’ve never met before. After telling him my mission, he told me ... Read More »

Breaking: Obasanjo writes Buhari open letter, warns on dangers in insecurity

Breaking: Obasanjo writes Buhari open letter, warns on dangers in insecurity

Dear President and General Buhari, OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT, GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI I am constrained to write to you this open letter. I decided to make it an open letter because the issue is very weighty and must be greatly worrisome to all concerned Nigerians and that means all right-thinking Nigerians and those resident in Nigeria. Since the issue is ... Read More »

Features:My voyage on the (River) Niger, By Jibrin Baba Ndace

Features:My voyage on the (River) Niger, By Jibrin Baba Ndace

  *Jibrin Baba Ndace * .. .Everyone needs a strategy…’ -Lawrence Freedman Three years ago, precisely in November 2015, I was entrusted with the responsibility of being the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the dynamic and amiable Governor of Niger State, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Sani-Bello. *Gov Abubakar Sani-Bello* Three years down the road, I can look back with utmost satisfaction and ... Read More »

Opinion:  The Crisis of Pastoralism and Negative Stereotyping: From Cattle Colonies to Ruga, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Opinion: The Crisis of Pastoralism and Negative Stereotyping: From Cattle Colonies to Ruga, By Jibrin Ibrahim

  Last week, the Federal Government suspended its “Ruga” policy for the sedentarisation of pastoralists following a massive and successful but uninformed campaign against it. It was uninformed because there was no discussion of the policy content that they were against. The thrust of the campaign was that ruga was a Fulani word and settling them means land would be ... Read More »

Opinion: El Rufai is Wrong on ‘backward North, developing South’,By Babafemi Ojudu

Opinion: El Rufai is Wrong on ‘backward North, developing South’,By Babafemi Ojudu

I love reading my friend Mallam El Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State. You may not always agree with him. You may not like his style. Some even think he talks too much. But here is a man who is passionate about Nigeria, and about governance. He fears no foe and he says and do what he believes in. *Ojudu* ... Read More »

Features-Prof J.G. Adewale: Odyssey of a renowned scholar and administrator par excellence, By Rahaman Onike

Features-Prof J.G. Adewale: Odyssey of a renowned scholar and administrator par excellence, By Rahaman Onike

  * *Prof Adewale* The decision to write on Professor Jacob Gbemiga Adewale didn’t come as an happenstance,but it is in the spirit of saying farewell to a departing Rector of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology,Igboora, whose tenure is ending this week. This great scholar has introduced a lot of strategic innovations into the administration of the ... Read More »

Islam and Religious Imperialism

Islam and Religious Imperialism

By Tola Adeniyi I was named Muhammadu Saheed on the 8th day of my birth. I was boarded in a Quran school at age 4 and graduated at age 10 with a talk-of-the-town Wolimat ceremony in Ago-Iwoye. I have also had the privilege of performing the Hadj in Mecca and Medina a number of times. My great grandfather, my grandfather ... Read More »

Opinion: I am Fulani, By Jamila Abubakar

Opinion: I am Fulani, By Jamila Abubakar

You ask how I feel about events and circumstances which shape my life and define my identity today. First, let us be clear. I do not want your pity or any more hostility from fellow Nigerians. Like you, I want peace and progress, but not at all cost. I am strong enough to fight my battles, but too weak to ... Read More »

Opinion: For the Dakolos, a rough road to travel, By Dare Babarinsa

Opinion: For the Dakolos, a rough road to travel, By Dare Babarinsa

If the truth must be told, it is not easy for a woman to discuss her past life with her husband. More often than not, the past is regarded as a closed chapter and it is thrown back like the trail of a masquerade’s gown. So it must have been especially difficult, if not traumatic, for Busola Dakolo, the high ... Read More »

Opinion: SENATOR ELISHA ISHAKA ABBO AND HIS PUBLIC MESS, By Rahaman Onike

Opinion: SENATOR ELISHA ISHAKA ABBO AND HIS PUBLIC MESS, By Rahaman Onike

As the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is trying to settle down for serious legislative business after their inauguration, Nigerians still hold divergent views on whether or not the 9th Assembly would be able to make a difference with the treading CCTV footage showing the brutal encounter between Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo and young nursing mother at Adult ... Read More »

Opinion: Senator Elisha Abbo should be in prison, By Owei Lakemfa

I have repeatedly watched the video of Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North, battering a sales lady who he admitted in the video clip, was not responsible for whatever angered him. So it was a case of transferred aggression. I have also read and listened to his defence in the Punch Newspapers, Channels Television and the British Broadcasting Corporation ... Read More »

Opinion: Educating Reno Omokri On Rape And The Nebulous Reaction Of Female Victims, By Ena Ofugara

Opinion: Educating Reno Omokri On Rape And The Nebulous Reaction Of Female Victims, By Ena Ofugara

*Reno Omokri* I know Christ said not to swear, but everything I type on this post is the gospel truth and may it not be well with me if I tell a lie. To begin, if any brother here has “struggled” with a girl saying “no no no” but she lets him kiss and even suck breast, but will not ... Read More »

Let’s talk RUGA aka Fulani Cattle Colonies

Let’s talk RUGA aka Fulani Cattle Colonies

By Nnamdi Elekwachi The Buhari Administration has commenced construction of Cattle Colonies, rebranded “RUGA” in 36 States of Nigeria. The project has started in Kotongora, Niger State on a 31,000-hectare piece of land. The project will be initially replicated in 12 States with six (6) of such colonies to be constructed in each State. What is RUGA aka Cattle Colony? ... Read More »

Opinion- Wanted: A faster wheel of justice, By Dare Babarinsa

Opinion- Wanted: A faster wheel of justice, By Dare Babarinsa

What is becoming worrisome about General Muhammadu Buhari’s second coming is the apparent lack of speed. Considering the antecedent of 2015 when he took several months to constitute his cabinet, one expected a greater appreciation now of the urgent imperative of governance at a faster pace. Today, Nigeria is facing a war of no definite frontier and the enemy camp ... Read More »

Can we better leverage PPPs to open up opportunities for women across sectors?

Can we better leverage PPPs to open up opportunities for women across sectors?

By EMMANUEL NYIRINKINDI It’s critical for global development to close the gender equality gap. Governments, multilateral organizations, and companies must actively consider how women and girls directly or indirectly benefit from programs and projects—or how they can be adversely impacted—if the world is to fully achieve the development goals we have set for ourselves. This will take policies and persistence. ... Read More »

Armoury Scandal: Why Amosun has questions to answer, By Jiti Ogunye

Armoury Scandal: Why Amosun has questions to answer, By Jiti Ogunye

On Tuesday, June 26, 2019, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, immediate past governor of Ogun State, issued a press statement through his media assistant, Rotimi Durojaiye. *Jiti Ogunye* The press statement reacted to the Premium Times’ publication of Monday, June 24, 2019, entitled “Amosun surrenders 1000 A47 rifles, 4 Million bullets acquired before 2019 elections”. In the report, Premium Times stated that the then outgoing ... Read More »

Features: The Power of Storytelling, By Victor Oladokun

Features: The Power of Storytelling, By Victor Oladokun

I’ve always been fascinated with stories. It’s one of the reasons why in high school I jettisoned physics, chemistry, and math in favor of literature and history. The decision has served me well in my media and communication career. I realized early on – to quote the poet Muriel Rukeyser – that “the universe is made up of stories, not ... Read More »