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Issues Unspoken: Islam, IG Wala’s Sentence And The Indictment Of Hajj Commission -By Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat

“Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith” The above hadith by the noble […]

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots;” – Marcus Garvey. Everywhere in the globe, great nations, societies and communities have had their today elegantly defined by history. History is today’s teacher and tomorrow’s fortifier against the mistakes, pitfalls and inaccuracies of the past. History […]

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Act one Scene 1 If Arik Airline is owned by a Nigerian military despot and operating under a totalitarian regime, I would not have bothered. We have had democracy since 1999. A child born at that period is no longer a baby.  Go with me: Now, I have had agonizing stories from Nigerians at the […]

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As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. – Clarence Darrow Since the story of the 7-year-old Success Adegor broke out through a video ‘skit’, the little girl from Delta State has gained a concerted attention to herself […]

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It is appalling that when a strong character like Ms Kadaria Ahmed rises up to fight for the peace and progress of her community, she gets blackmail and chauvinism in return. A bitter desperado has even accused her of converting to Christianity — just to endanger her life. She’s tougher than her traducers, though. She […]

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The reason I refrained from sharing the Audu Ogbeh video when I first saw it some weeks ago was that the analysis was too simplistic for my liking. I did not need a crystal ball to predict that it would only be a matter of time before someone would come along to criticise the honourable […]

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Pastoralists-farmers’ conflicts in Nigeria have grown, spread and intensified over the past decade and today poses a threat to national survival. The conflict itself has transformed from a crisis of pastoralism to organised criminality, starting with cattle rustling to mass kidnapping for ransom in most parts of the country. The violence is intense and the […]

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At the beginning it was called “tribal politics”; then it became “ethnic politics”; and, now, it is evolving into “identity politics”. But the phenomenon remains what it has always been—from colonialism to all its bourgeois successors. Sometimes it lies in low intensity—and many people forget it is there, all the time. At other times it […]

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I remember the mid and late 1990s — precisely from 1995 — when people born from 1970 began to clock 25 years of age. I was much younger but I could vividly remember the ones around me then feeling “old” and arrived. They were eagerly settling into their positions as the young adults of the […]

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Yesterday, I made a post accusing Success parents of being too greedy not to have accorded what belongs to Stephanie “the girl that did the recording” to her. Being that we all are sapele people, I got a call from someone who is a close associate and a family friend to Success and her parents, […]

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