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All Eyes On Harun Elbinawi

By: Gabriel Onoja Harun Elbinawi (May God expose his many treacheries) appears to have totally lost it. His timeline on Twitter reads like what it is, a terrorist propaganda bulletin aimed at inciting people to the point of signing up for a jihad. On Monday February 20, 2017 he tweeted from his handle, @ELBINAWI that


By: Bala Usman By now it should be clear to us that our neighbours to the north-east may not necessarily be our brothers so should worry less about them playing the role of our keepers at least where the Boko Haram insurgency is concerned. Save for the existence of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)-

The French Invasion of Nigeria by Proxy

By: Richards Murphy Nigeria has indeed seen tough times, tough times that have lasted over six years, with accompanying wanton destruction of lives and properties running into billions of naira. While it is argued in some quarters that the Boko Haram crisis has some international sponsors, I nonetheless think there is more than just foreign

Addis Asset Recovery Expert Meeting: Matters Arising

By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku President Muhammadu Buhari’s initial response to the efforts to recover the Abacha loot was a syllabus of errors. Some errors have rights. Others don’t. Those errors that have rights are capricious and can be remedied. Errors without rights are deliberately made. You’ll be able to make up your mind on whether

Boko Haram and its Foreign Conspirators

By: Bob-Manuel Molokwu This is not one of the topics I like writing on. However, I am constrained to lend my voice because of the wanton destruction that has taken place in North-eastern Nigeria since 2009. As it stands, the Boko Haram insurgency has claimed over 100,000 lives and succeeded in displacing over two million

Why has Boko Haram refused to leave Borno?

By: Philip Agbese In the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency, not a few Nigerians had concluded that Boko Haram and its brand of terrorism had come to stay and that it will even spread to other parts of the country. That impression was reinforced by the trend whereby any news about the terrorist group


By: Nkechi Odoma For most Nigerians, President Muhammedu Buhari’s (PMB) mantra of “change” in attitudes and behavioral dispositions in private homes, offices and elsewhere is a mere slogan and more like a sound of distant echoes. Those who benefit immensely from the old, corrupt order of handling official business in Nigeria are most stoutly opposed

Boko Haram: Thinking Next Steps

By: Uche John Madu The various stakeholders in the fight against Boko Haram’s terrorism have tried their best in one way or the other, but there is more they have to do given the new round of information about what now drives the group. The dynamics threatening to keep the insurgence in place even after

Ascribing relevance to Nigeria’s OGP National Plan

By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku Last week, very senior officials of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, had a very productive meeting with the newly constituted NDDC board. Four key issues emanated from a press statement released therefrom. One was the prompting from NEITI to the NDDC to carry out a corruption risk assessment to

Missing Voices In Rebuilding Nigeria’s Northeast

By: Ola S. Sanmi The Nigerian military has performed the funeral oration and final interment for terrorism in the country long ago. Nigeria and the Northeast particularly have become the global epitomes of how a country and its people reshape their destinies in handling crisis of national dimension. Thanks to the gallant Nigerian troops. Inevitably,

Fellow Compatriots, Buhari is Not Superhuman

By: Kenneth Kaunda Adamu Only in fiery tales or movies one confront superhumans or some weird creatures that have conquered sickness or display incredible strength. In Hollywood movies, you can always see the character -hero imbued with the extra-ordinary strength or capacity to act marvelously. Even Nigeria’s Nollywood movies are adopting this trend. And some

In active service:An encounter with Buratai

By Tajudeen Abdul Kareem AN encounter with Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, evokes memory of the legendary swashbuckling army general; the ramrod soldier, what one could describe as a soldier’s soldier. This soldier characteristically carries a soft mien; he is friendly and quite unassuming  Brewing with passion as he reels

HURIWA, Are Religious Leaders Above the Law?

By: Okanga Agila Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) appears to be redefining itself in a manner that may soon necessitate a name change to reflect the inherent distortions in its newfound direction. This group has before now distinguished itself as one that rises to the occasion each time the rights of Nigerians are being trampled

Re: Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?

By: Philip Agbese The instinctive reaction to the story by Douglas Murray in the Spectator, which prides itself as the world’s oldest Magazine published in English, is to dismiss it as the product of someone who wrote about a subject in which he is inadequately schooled. Yet, this reaction would be falling into a trap

Nigeria’s president is missing in action

By David Pilling For two weeks, Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s septuagenarian president, has been out of action, receiving medical treatment in London for an undisclosed illness. His absence has sent the rumour mill of Africa’s most populous nation spinning, with frequent erroneous reports that the president is dead. The tragedy for Nigeria is that policy making

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