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    Politicians and the failure of democracy

    Without ignoring irony as a char­acteristic value of a mature lit­erary work- the maintenance of desperate perspectives- I wish to regard it here as also a mode of interconnection, as.....
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    The bestiality in Southern Kaduna

    Irrational impulses are not surprising in the stress and tension that characterize a demented society. In an atmosphere of violence, reason is sometimes abandoned and humanitar­ian principles forgotten. The inflamed.....
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    My Man of The Year 2016: The common man

    Undoubtedly, the sto­ry of the attendant significance of the average Nigerian - the man in the street popularly known as the “Common Man” has largely been underreport­ed while that of.....
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    Bola Ige: Fifteen years after

    A calculated insult and the guilt pre­ceded his death, stealing from the actual murder all its poten­tial impact and drama. There never was a crime more dra­matically rehearsed, and the.....
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    Kidnapping: Is death penalty an option?

    Following the intracta­ble resurgence of kidnapping in Lagos, the state House of As­sembly recently approved the death penalty for perpetra­tors of the menace in the state. The bill states inter.....
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    Modu Sheriff's dance of a cockroach

    You must be aware of the current travails of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former governor of Borno State and imme­diate past Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),.....
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    Buhari should dialogue with Nigerians

    Dialogue has been re­discovered the world over as a subject of public debate and of philosophical inquiry. Politi­cians from the ideological di­vides, leading intellectuals, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds.....
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    Ifeanyi Ubah and the primacy of ideas

    In the immediate past years, between 2011 and 2014, to be specific, media handlers of former President Good­luck Ebele Jonathan had been so complacent and ineffective that not even a.....
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    Nigeria: 2019 too far from 2015

    Anyone living in Nige­ria especially since the 2015 general elections and the subsequent emergence of Gen­eral Muhammadu Buhari as President, would have known that politically the nation is sit­ting on.....
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    The Ibori trial: Miscarriage of justice

    Impartial observers and keen watchers of the confiscation of assets hearing of former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori in London are awed at the turn of events. Rev­elations, contradictions.....
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    The Rich and Powerful also Cry

    If you have ever done a lit­tle exercise in screen comedy, you would have found that there are four main grades of laugh. These are: the titter, the yowl, the.....
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    Africa, where is thy soul?

    Africa, my beloved con­tinent, appears to have lost out in the world’s debate. Aside from the achievements of its found­ing fathers, the continent which habours the largest population of the.....
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    Those who killed (and are killing) Nigeria

    Every real nation state is an historical product. It is, in Marx’s celebrated phrase, “the official resume of the antagonism in civil so­ciety”, but under historically determinate circumstances. As such,.....
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    Why we are in this terrible mess

    Once upon a time, there was a young country struggling in the comity of nations to find her place in the sun. For in this young country of brave people,.....
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    Ugwuanyi and the rampaging herdsmen

    Like a typical Nigerian nightmare, the in­cessant attacks on some communities in Enugu state by suspected Fulani herdsmen have gen­erated more heat than light. On April 25, barely a month.....
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    Let's revisit the privatization bogey

    It is interesting to note that the economic stagnation of most black African countries including Nigeria, which itself forms part of the background for their political instability, is also related.....
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    One more state for the South East

    To all intents and purposes, the position of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, that at least one more state be created in the South East geo-political zone is most.....
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    July, our month of remembrance

    For those of us who were born during the Nigerian Civil War, Chief Uche Ezechukwu’s Monday col­umn on the 50 years of the assassination of Nigeria’s first military head of.....
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    Remembering John Oseze-Langley

    It is nine years now since the untimely exit of John Kingsley Oseze-Langley, at just 45. As at the time of his departure from this sinful planet and subsequent burial.....
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    Best constitutional option for Nigeria

    It is commonplace to say that in the last period of 50 years when the military banished the practice of true federalism in Nigeria, our understanding of the bareness of.....
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    Modu Sheriff: the 'Chairman' at bay

    You must be aware of the current travails of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former governor of Borno State and immediate past Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),.....
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    Multi-partism as a philosophic construct

    Like an inscrutable nightmare, the pon­derous mystery of the Nigerian national question, which is ultimately the nation’s enduring essence, is still at issue. Jolted by the scandalous and shocking dis­play.....
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    Niger Delta and the National Question

    To all intents and purpos­es, the raging war in the South South geopoliti­cal zone between irate militants and the security forces is needless and avoidable. Unfor­tunately, Niger Delta youths have.....
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    The parable of the madman (2)

    As we were saying, can a sane person allow him­self to be driven by some spurious emotion to run stark-naked into a crowded market for whatever reason? The moral implication.....
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    The parable of the madman (1)

    In his short story, “The Madman”, Prof. Chin­ua Achebe (of blessed memory), easily Africa’s most celebrated novelist of the twentieth century, ven­tures into a poetic realization of a disturbing irony......
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    Who will outlaw advance rent payment?

    In what appears to be one of the most salutary pronounce­ments by a functionary of the administration of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2009, the then Attorney Gen­eral.....
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    Akpabio: Best governor since 1999

    One major sign of the growing sophistication of Athenian society in the Golden Age was the rise of history as a critical record of the nation’s past. As myth gave.....
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    Imperative of a national unity summit 1087

    To say that Nigeria has al­ways been in perpetual search for unity and peace is almost an understate­ment. Less than six years into self rule having gained political independence from.....
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    Budget stalemate and national woes

    For all you may care to know, the 2016 Appro­priation Bill, like its pre­decessors, has continued to generate heat between the Ex­ecutive and the Legislature one month into the second.....
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    For effective change to evolve in Nigeria

    There is a lamentable and disturbing magnitude of violence in Nigeria. So is crime. The country is constantly on the boil. The at­mosphere in the country has been nothing but.....
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    Of government, doctors and the sick

    Fillers emanating from the health sector point to the fact that the sector which manages the lives of the downtrodden and sick Nigerians may soon witness another major industrial action......
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    They who must kill to rule

    Nigeria has been reduced to a killing field no thanks to Fulani ag­gressors who think that the entire geographical entity called Nigeria is an extension of the Caliphate built by.....
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    Still on Rivers State peculiar mess

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mu­tuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one di­rectly, affects all.....
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    Delicate Distress: Redefining a nation

    A two hundred and thir­ty-six page book writ­ten by Dr. Amanze Obi, literary scholar, critic and journalist, who un­til recently was chairman of the Editorial Board of the Sun Group.....
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    Africa: Epitaphs for a failing continent

    Africa, my beloved con­tinent, appears to have lost out in the world’s debate. Aside from the achievements of its found­ing fathers, the continent which habours the largest population of the.....
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    How rich are the rich in Nigeria?

    I think it was John Paul Get­ty, the American-born Brit­ish billionaire, philanthro­pist and heir to oil industry fortune, who quipped, when asked how rich he was, ‘No one is really.....
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    Multiculturalism and the Igbo identity

    I would have loved to title our column this week, ‘Buhari and the Igbo question’, but in order not to reduce this very impor­tant issue to mere verbalism by those.....
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    Murtala Muhammed's vanishing legacies

    Tomorrow (February 13, 2016) will be the 40th anniversary of the bru­tal assassination of Gen­eral Murtala Ramat Muhammed, Nigeria’s former head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Ordinarily,.....
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