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The Sanctimony Of Nigerian Army Against Rawlings, Nzeogwu’s Ghosts By Festus Adedayo

The symbolism of blood in Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings’ name must have terribly scared the Nigerian Army. So also the “baboon drenched in blood” picture of the July 29, 1966 mutiny-turned coup codenamed Operation Araba. Worse still was the image of bullet-ridden bodies of politicians in the January 15, 1966 coup, about the bloodiest putsch in the history of ...

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COVID-19: Lagos Govt Confirms 51 New Cases

The Lagos State Government, on Thursday, confirmed 51 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on his official Twitter page. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Lagos State to 2,057. His tweet reads : “COVID19Lagos update as at 13th of May, 2020. “51 new #COVID19 Infection confirmed in Lagos. ...

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Absentee President In A Season Of Coronavirus, By Festus Adedayo

If citizens of the world didn’t know that they lived in a global village, the COVID-19, otherwise known as the Corona Virus, has demonstrated this starkly. Virtually all parts of the world have paused on account of the ravaging pestilence, with very earth-shaking implications for the global economy. Even world leaders with war-like inclinations have come to realize, to their ...

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Sanusi: Where Are The Akalamagbo Birds, The Bullet-biters? By Festus Adedayo

The last Monday sack of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, erstwhile Emir of Kano, by the Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje, sent shock waves round the whole of Nigeria and I dare say, to every nook of the world where Nigeria in issue. Though many Nigerians wear anti-shock and anti-depressant shields from the shenanigans of Nigerian governments, the world was terribly shocked ...

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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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