PERSPECTIVE – Meanwhile, let’s solve the ‘Fulani Problem’

PERSPECTIVE – Meanwhile, let’s solve the ‘Fulani Problem’

The Fulani. Mr. Idang Alibi. By Idang Alibi If I were in a position to advice and I was sure of a listening audience and was convinced in my heart that my intervention will influence a positive decision to act otherwise, I would have strongly advised against running the angry editorial entitled ‘’Obadiah Mailafia’s Outrageous Falsehood’’ which our paper, the Daily Trust, ran on Dr. Obadiah Mailafia on August 16. That editorial was written in…

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PERSPECTIVE – Nigeria’s cattle routes

PERSPECTIVE – Nigeria’s cattle routes

President Muhammadu Buhari. MONDAY LINES By Lasisi Olagunju (Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 14 September, 2020) Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a few days ago, declared that Nigeria was becoming a failed state. He said the nation’s hitherto healing fault lines had been reopened by Buhari’s Fulani-first regime. Victims of the ongoing tragic experiences applauded Obasanjo. They said he spoke their pains and gave voice to the tears in their wreckage. The Buhari government…

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DISCOURSE – Between ‘Dividers-in-Chief’ and Dividers-in-law

DISCOURSE – Between ‘Dividers-in-Chief’ and Dividers-in-law

Prof. Wole Soyinka. By Wole Soyinka I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse. We…

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PERSPECTIVE – Count your blessings, not your achievements

PERSPECTIVE – Count your blessings, not your achievements

President Muhammadu Buhari. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. The Buhari administration was in retreat last week as the barrage of attacks by Nigerians over their worsening socio-economic and security situation got intense. The government also went into a retreat to self-assess its five-year stewardship. President Muhammadu Buhari told Nigerians that the retreat was for him and his government: “… to undertake an objective assessment of our stewardship…” I am still trying to learn how…

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PERSPECTIVE – Monolithic Northern Unity Is A Myth

PERSPECTIVE – Monolithic Northern Unity Is A Myth

Mr. Dan Agbese. By Dan Agbese ‘Dialogue With My Country’ DAILY TRUST 29 August 2020 Dr Junaid Mohammed thinks it is a bad idea. I think it is a good idea. We are talking about the sudden split in the Northern States Governors Forum. The Governors of the North-East geo-political zone left that forum last week and regrouped as North-East Governors Forum headed by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. Dr Mohammed…

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Propose national water resources bill – AN OPEN LETTER TO: ALL YORUBA GOVERNORS; ALL YORUBA SPEAKERS OF HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY; ALL ELECTED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FROM YORUBA SPEAKING STATES; AND ALL YORUBA TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Propose national water resources bill – AN OPEN LETTER TO: ALL YORUBA GOVERNORS; ALL YORUBA SPEAKERS OF HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY; ALL ELECTED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FROM YORUBA SPEAKING STATES; AND ALL YORUBA TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS

SUBJECT: Why the proposed national water resources bill must not be passed into law This open letter addresses the Yoruba position on the proposed “National Water Resources Bill 2020,” an executive bill submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law. We appeal that you work strenuously and in alliance with others from across the country for the total rejection of this obnoxious bill. INTRODUCTION 1. Nigeria was founded as a federation and…

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Government can owe you, but you can’t owe government

Government can owe you, but you can’t owe government

VIOs at work. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. The Berger Roundabout in Abuja is a usual route for me. On this Thursday, July 9, 2020, as usual, an army of Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIOs, had mounted a roadblock. A major cause of traffic jam on Abuja roads are these officers who sometimes can be found in five-minute intervals. On this morning near the Berger Roundabout where they have seized the public park and dumped…

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PERSPECTIVE – Idumuje-Ugboko kingship crises: Lessons from the 2016 kingship succession of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom

PERSPECTIVE – Idumuje-Ugboko kingship crises: Lessons from the 2016 kingship succession of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom

Idumuje-Ugboko traditional stool. By Fred Okpewe Ubulu-Uku and Idumuje-Ugboko kingdoms in Aniocha South Local Government and Aniocha North Local Government Areas of Delta State share certain similarities. They are both agrarian communities and both also has a long history of inter-marriages. Both also have kingship succession by primogeniture that is, succession from father to son. But the similarity ends there. While Ubulu-Uku Kingdom is a peaceful community judging by the quick uninterrupted succession after the…

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Gliding in the shadows of insecurity

Gliding in the shadows of insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. President Muhammadu Buhari last Tuesday peered into the last three years of his administration and released a volley of nine promises to be fulfilled. He must have looked back at the past five years of his government and found them littered with broken promises. I know his propagandists have been on full throttle these past years painting pictures of how he is transforming the country into…

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PERSPECTIVE – Okowa and Delta Hawk initiative

PERSPECTIVE – Okowa and Delta Hawk initiative

Delta Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. By Felix Ofou 26 August 2020 When Governors of South West Nigeria announced the setting up of a regional security outfit, known as Amotekun (Leopard), it seemed a long shot given the delicate nature of policing which is thought to be constitutionally the exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government. Many saw it as an attempt at foisting secession, or at best a move aimed at securing self determination; a part…

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