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Buratai: A Patriot “Numero Uno” -By Uche John Madu

  I thought deeply about a suitable caption to appropriately capture my elations when I reflected on the Nigerian army and the anti-terrorism campaigns in the last two years. After much thought, in the light of another heroic celebration of the Army boss, I was also careful enough to adopt a choice that would fairly […]

  I read a recent report in a national daily, of ‘Southern and Middle Belt leaders’ meeting in Abuja to insist on the demand for restructuring. Out of curiosity, I decided to check these ‘leaders’ who made this demand and lo and behold, the only names I saw were the same PDP leaders that were […]

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  In 2007, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was desperate to solve a conundrum that was nearly as old as Nigeria’s independence. It was an especially recalcitrant problem. Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President, also attempted to solve it in the late 80s but he failed. Upon return to democracy, Olusegun Obasanjo, then President, gave […]

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  Ironically for Biafra sympathisers in the south east it was their own Aguiyi Ironsi who, as general and head of state, foisted centralism upon the amalgamation and abolished the regional autonomies. However the robotic chant of ‘One Nigeria’ common among subsequent beneficiaries of the modern state has been perennially sustained by the complicity of […]

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  Dateline: Friday, May 22, 2015: At Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos, British Airways received a surprise VIP. His name: Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President-Elect.  The man who, in one week, would take control of Africa’s most bewildering country.  He was a much-feared man, with a certain reputation for character, a man who had fought for […]

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  Leader of the counter-insurgency war in Nigeria and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen.Tukur Yusufu Buratai is a soldier rarely given to anger, but it appears the mask forces behind terrorism in Nigeria have dragged him to the cusp of anger. He resents flippancy as indecent conduct. When he voices out on any […]

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My 72-year-old mother, widowed since 1976, has not received her pension from the Kogi state government for over a year now (we have, let me confess, lost count of the months). Insult plus injury, she has not been paid her gratuity since she retired in 2006, despite all manner of verification and re-verification she has […]

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  Social psychologists have established that massive youth unemployment and the failure of leadership at any level to secure a prosperous future for its upcoming generation of youths is largely the main recipe for insecurity anywhere in the world. When youngsters have not been prepared to be productive or to eke a decent livelihood as […]

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  The problem of Nigeria’s disgraceful failure in Africa has been compounded by the problem of growing demands for the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic. But the problem with Biafra, just like the Nigerian problem, is the lack of a studied intellectual platform for the harnessing of ideas necessary to inspire a wide following […]

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The statement on Sunday by a group led by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), about “unrealistic” recommendations contained in the 2014 National Conference report must be turning heads in political circles. Apart from the fact that Falana was a member of the Conference that made the recommendations, he’s a man whose views on any […]

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