DISCOURSE – The challenge of ethnic federalism

DISCOURSE – The challenge of ethnic federalism

Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim. By Jibrin Ibrahim In 2003, I wrote an essay drawing lessons for Africa from the collapse of ethnic federalism in Yugoslavia and other parts of the former Soviet Bloc. The main lesson was simple, Comrade Stalin had imposed a federal structure based on ethnic federalism and in history such federations last only as long as the “strongest” ethnic component can oppress the others. Ethnic federations by definition focus on ethno-linguistic differences alone…

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Okowa Urges Christians in politics to impact lives positively

Okowa Urges Christians in politics to impact lives positively

Delta Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (middle), the Archbishop, Bendel Province, Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu (left), and the President, Council of Knights, Ughelli Diocese, Sir Vincent Orhiunu, at the 22nd Joint Council of Knights Bi-annual Delegates Conference in Ughelli, Delta State. PHOTO: Saturday 28/11/20. BRIPIN ENARUSAI. Delta governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Christians in politics to always strive to affect lives positively, especially the poor and vulnerable in the society. Governor Okowa…

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PERSPECTIVE – Nigerians: Groping towards a post-pandemic world

PERSPECTIVE – Nigerians: Groping towards a post-pandemic world

Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa Intellectuals, diplomats, social activists, trade unionists and international relations experts across the country gathered in Abuja on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, to dissect the state of Nigerians under COVID-19 as they trudge towards a post-pandemic world. It was an occasion to mark the 10th anniversary of the Society for International Relations Awareness, SIRA, the foremost foreign relations think-tank which strives to democratise foreign policy. Dr. Daniel Mann, the new…

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Gender based violence: Mrs Okowa slams fathers who defile daughters, says it’s demonic

Gender based violence: Mrs Okowa slams fathers who defile daughters, says it’s demonic

The wife of the Delta State Governor and founder O5 initiative Dame Edith Okowa, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Peter Mrakpor, the commissioner for women Affairs, Mrs. Flora Alanta and members of coalitions of Non Governmental Organization during their visit to her office to mark the international day to stop violence against women in Government House Asaba PHOTO : NORBERT AMEDE. Wife of the governor of Delta state, Dame Edith Okowa, has…

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Nigeria ready to reopen its land borders to trade, says Finance minister

Nigeria ready to reopen its land borders to trade, says Finance minister

Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s finance Minister. By Reuters Staff ABUJA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Nigeria is ready to reopen its land borders to trade for the first time in more than a year, the finance minister said on Wednesday. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, closed its land borders in late 2019 in an effort to stamp out smuggling. Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed told journalists that the president would determine the date of reopening. (Reporting By Felix…

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Soccer world mourns as Argentina great Maradona dies aged 60

Soccer world mourns as Argentina great Maradona dies aged 60

>Late Diego Maradona. Diaego Maradona. By Nicolás Misculin, Cassandra Garrison BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time before drug and alcohol addiction marred his career, died on Wednesday at his home in Argentina after suffering a heart attack, his lawyer said. He was 60. Beloved in his homeland after leading Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 and adored in Italy for taking Napoli…

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PRESS RELEASE – Focusing on Atiku won’t solve the problems Buhari, APC created for Nigeria

PRESS RELEASE – Focusing on Atiku won’t solve the problems Buhari, APC created for Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and Atiku Abubakar. By Paul Ibe The All Progressives Congress has validated the assumption that the major reason the condition of living has been deplorable under the Buhari administration is on account of the fact that the party focuses more on playing petty politics than in actual governance. It is preposterous that a political party which has spent the past five and half years launching humongous and unprecedented hardship on Nigerians…

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Okowa decries oil firms’ neglect of host communities as youths flay divide and rule tactics of firms

Okowa decries oil firms’ neglect of host communities as youths flay divide and rule tactics of firms

Governor Okowa (7th right) the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth development Hon. Nnamdi Ezechi, (5th right) and other youths of Ndokwa nation during a visit to the Governor in Asaba. Wednesday 25/11/20. Delta Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed concern over the non-implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by some oil companies operating in the state. The governor made the displeasure when he received the Youths of Ndokwa nation in the state led…

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Reps Minority Leader, Elumelu, hails Atiku Abubakar at 74

Reps Minority Leader, Elumelu, hails Atiku Abubakar at 74

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, right, with Hon. Ndudi Elumelu. The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has congratulated former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on the occasion of his 74th birthday anniversary. In a statement on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Hon. Elumelu described Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as an extraordinary personality, a courageous leader and untiring patriot, whose sacrifices and dedication towards the unity, stability and development of Nigeria are valued across all…

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PERSPECTIVE – Looming clash of two Lagos godfathers

PERSPECTIVE – Looming clash of two Lagos godfathers

Bola Tinubu, left and Bode George. Mr. Felix Oboagwina. By Felix Oboagwina The godfather of Lagos politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has always preached that his followers should not expect power to be served to them a la carte. But his selection method has often faced condemnation for the singlehanded way it spoon-feeds anointed candidates with party tickets, to the frustration of sometimes more popular and longstanding aspirants. And in Tinubu’s latest selection of All…

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