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NDDC PROBE: WHY ALL THE NOISE?

NDDC PROBE: WHY ALL THE NOISE?

It is obvious that we, as a people, enjoy noise and noisemaking. Some Nigerians will celebrate with hysteria a fraction of what a goat will see and yet lie idly chewing its cud. More...
Rape, Sexual Offences Require Stiffer Penalties

Rape, Sexual Offences Require Stiffer Penalties

These are very trying times for Nigerian women. It has become a frightful season of anomy, with many females, living in trepidation, over the unprecedented barrage of attacks and threats against their lives, both in...
DEMOCRACY: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINAL HEROES?

DEMOCRACY: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINAL HEROES?

I was going to ask questions about the safety of the democracy we celebrated last week (Friday June 12) when it occurred to me that we should ask the first question, which I asked...
JUNE 12 IS NOT A DATE

JUNE 12 IS NOT A DATE

In Nigeria, June 12 is not a date, it is a consciousness. It has assumed a spirit form and any time it is mentioned it evokes emotions; it triggers some form of nostalgia. It...
The Imperative For Massive Investments In Health Care Amidst COVID-19

The Imperative For Massive Investments In Health Care Amidst COVID-19

The emergence of coronavirus and its horrendous impact on people and economies, has resonated the imperative for massive investments in health systems. World Health Organization (WHO) and stakeholders have intensified this demand, as the pandemic,...
BUHARI AND NEAR SUCCESS SYNDROME

BUHARI AND NEAR SUCCESS SYNDROME

‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new’ (Socrates). It is quite important for us to understand what this enemy called ‘Near...
GOVERNOR AYADE, PLEASE COME OVER TO BECHIEVE AND HELP US

GOVERNOR AYADE, PLEASE COME OVER TO BECHIEVE AND HELP US

By Akpandem James Given the advertised compassionate disposition of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State to the down-trodden, he is not likely to ever forgive himself if the women and female children of Becheve...
COVID-19: More Concerns Over Easing Of Lock-downs In Nigeria, Africa

COVID-19: More Concerns Over Easing Of Lock-downs In Nigeria, Africa

The on-going easing of lock-down, imposed to curb spread of coronavirus, has generated concerns across society. This trepidation is for good reasons. Infection rates are still escalating in Nigeria and some countries. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control...
THE GOVERNOR BEN AYADE SHOW

THE GOVERNOR BEN AYADE SHOW

Governor Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade of Cross River State is a very passionate man. He puts all his energy into whatever he desires to do. Off-stage he is a very jovial personality; on stage, he...
Perspectives On Africa’s Future Amidst COVID-19

Perspectives On Africa’s Future Amidst COVID-19

Can coronavirus improve Africa’s future? Will the pandemic, codenamed, COVID-19 sink or soar the continent stretched by prodigious problems? These are the questions in the public space. For some pundits, it seems impossible that Africa will be...
SOUTH-SOUTH /SOUTH-EAST COOPERATION: A LONG WALK TO NOWHERE

SOUTH-SOUTH /SOUTH-EAST COOPERATION: A LONG WALK TO NOWHERE

By Akpandem James This is not being pessimistic. Anyone familiar with the psychological composition and historical antecedents of the peoples of the South South and South East would readily know that pursuing any realistic joint...
The Uproar Over Almajiri Deportation

The Uproar Over Almajiri Deportation

The uproar over the ban and deportation of child beggars, popularly called ‘almajiris,’ by northern governors, reflects the ominous schism in the polity. The destitution among these street kids, vividly, depicts the worst violations of...
WHO DID THIS TO US?

WHO DID THIS TO US?

Those who are regular on group and interactive social media platforms would be familiar with the phrase used here to headline this piece. It has become a popular refrain to those who are not...

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