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Amotekun: Leopard On The Spot, By Simeon Kolawole

Since the introduction of Shari’a law in Zamfara state in January 2000, nothing else has tested the sanctity of Nigeria’s practice of federalism like the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), better known as Operation Amotekun (the Yoruba word for leopard), by the south-western states on January 9, 2020. The stated aim of Operation Amotekun is to complement ...

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Do Buhari, Malami Know A Man Called Tafawa Balewa? By Festus Adedayo

Apparently a young officer of the Nigerian Army at the time Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Nigerian Prime Minister from 1957-1966, it goes without saying that President Muhammadu Buhari must know of Balewa, even if he didn’t know him. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical ...

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The Electricity Tariff Tango, By Simeon Kolawole

Which came first — the chicken or the egg? This is one of the most fascinating debates around. All chickens hatch from eggs and all the chicken eggs are laid by chickens. How then do you determine the cause and the effect? That is the “causality dilemma” we always have to deal with in certain discourses, especially on public policy. ...

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Nigeria And The American Matsuyama Mirror, By Festus Adedayo

There is this Japanese tale of the Matsuyama mirror. Matsuyama, according to the folktale, was located in the Province of Echigo, somewhere in Japan. It is centered round a couple who lived in a village where there was no trace of civilization. The husband thus planned to travel to “the great city, the capital of Japan,” to embark upon some business. ...

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Why Did Governor AbdulRazaq Eat Arugbo’s Cocoyam? By Festus Adedayo

After watching the viral video of several Ilorin, Kwara State old women, referred to as arugbo in Yorubaland, pleading with the Kwara State governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, not to demolish the Ile Arugbo (Old people’s home) built for them by the old Kwara political warhorse, late Dr. Olusola Saraki, and his eventual demolition of the property last Thursday, what leapt into my subconscious was the ...

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Let 2020 Be The Year

Zayyad I. Muhammad writes that there are many opportunities out there for Nigerians to exploit Nigeria is a country of many opportunities. But we rarely exploit them. Let’s also say some home truths. Our governments (federal, states and LGAs) still struggle to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurial development and creativity. The absence of such environment has led to poverty ...

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Thorn-filled Journey Through Law School, Lagos Campus, By Festus Adedayo

The temptation to comment today on the surfeit of political issues raging in our troubled country is very high. Ranging from the insipid, the insulting to the idiotic, a commentator has in them an overflow of what I term “commentarial materials.” There is nowhere you turn that you are not choked by the palpable fume of governmental irresponsibility that has ...

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Sowore And Parable Of A Rat That Saw Tomorrow, By Festus Adedayo

Many commentators on the attempted abduction of rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, right inside a courtroom of the Federal High Court, Abuja by men of the State Security Service (SSS), self-styled as the Department of State Services (DSS), have termed the occurrence tragic. I disagree. I tend to think that the tragedy is not that one person, out of about 200 million ...

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‘Pilgrimage’ To Atlanta’s Stone Mountain, By Folu Olamiti

It was a sunny summer day in Atlanta. And as it had been since I arrived for my vacation, the city woke up early, flaunting its ethereal beauty and its peculiar freshness, the type you can only get from the lush green forest of the amazon. Are you thinking of the Brazilian amazon?  But this is no jungle. It is ...

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The Trial Of Citizen Danmaliki : It Is Hate Speech And Social Media Bills Conundrum – Kayode Ajulo

It is no news that Citizen Ibrahim Danmaliki Gidan Goga, a renowned Nigerian Journalist, human right activist, member of Forward with Buhari group, who was also a Commissioner for Information, special adviser to the Zamfara State Government and current spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress in the State, was on Tuesday harassed, humiliated and arrested before he was arraigned at ...

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