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On the Approval of 13% Revenue Derivation from Solid Minerals to Northern States


By Dr. EMMANUEL OJAMERUAYE According to the report, “the Federal Government may have opted to appease some northern states … government was worried about rising insecurity in the northern part of the country with vociferous leaders of the north blaming the situation on poverty and inequality arising from alleged lopsided revenue allocation against them…It was […]

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MALLAM USMAN ANGULU, MP Minister of State, Police Affairs


Mallam Usman Ahmed Angulu was born in Koton Karfe in 1928. He started his education in his birth place-Koton Karfe in the N.A School in the town. He was a good example of people who are not daunted by any impediments in the pursuit of the golden fleece for when the opportunity for formal education […]

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Restoring Peace in Northern Nigeria


By MADIBA LAPINNI Peace, the five letter word had in recent times become the most desirable entity that humanity craves for irrespective of their creed, status, religion and affiliation in life. Peace is not only the absence of war but also the presence of all positive indices that can lead development. It entails the presence […]

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A Letter to Boko Haram: What would Dan Fodio Do?


  By MALCOLM FABIYI, PhD Recently, your group declared that it would no longer dialogue with the Federal Government. You have publicly stated that Boko Haram has two fundamental objectives. The first is to Islamize Nigeria, expel Christians from Northern Nigeria and re-establish the legacy of Shehu Dan Fodio. The second is to bring an […]

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Jonathan and 2015


By CHIDI AMUTA In this place, the only realm of activity that seems to be thriving is the political industry. It employs many either directly or collaterally. It empowers a few, converting a handful of thugs into instant millionaires while migrating millions of the so-called electorate into worsening poverty at a rate in inverse proportion […]

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‘Boko Haram is a Conduit Pipe in the Presidency’ – Tukur Mamu


DESERT HERALD has been following the activities the Jama’a Ahlilsunnah Wal Da’a wati popularly called Boko Haram right from the onset. Spiritual leader and founder of the sect, late Muhammad Yusuf granted the paper his last interview on earth, before his killing under suspicious circumstances.  Maryam Musa and the Editor-in-Chief of Society Watchdog magazine, Akubo […]

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Ex-Yobe SSG Narrowly Escapes Boko Haram Attack


By OUR CORRESPONDENT Our target is Ba’aba and all those Northern Politicians that looted at the expense of the poor, says Boko Haram Spokesman In a teleconference with DESERT HERALD last week, the self styled spokesman of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abu Qaqa, exclusively told this paper that it was their men that visited […]

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(Not) Negotiating with Ghosts


By Okey Ndibe I was reading a report in last Sunday’s edition of the Punch titled “FG Rules out Direct Talks with Boko Haram” when a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, jumped out at me. According to the paper, Mr. Abati confirmed that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was not in direct talks with Boko […]

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You know President Jonathan Respects you if…


By RUDOLF OKONKWO   A common refrain in Nigeria’s political discourse is that commentators should respect people in government, especially the president. Even though respect is earned and not bestowed, Nigerians waste no time in spiting out words of that nature. Some say that even if commentators do not respect the occupant of the office, […]

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EXCLUSIVE : Why Gov. Yakowa is Failing


It is becoming obvious that Kaduna State is doomed to fail under Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa. Reasons: There are serious crises in the state’s key sectors of education, health, public utilities and security. In less than two years Gov Yakowa has received more than one hundred billion naira allocation from the Federation Account with nothing […]

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My Fears for Nigeria


I have had cause to be tempted sometimes to merely sit back and watch events as they unfold in Nigeria without getting involved. The temptation is borne out of the fact that our efforts at building a virile and progressive nation has always failed largely due to our own making. But as a patriot and […]

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‘Bad Muslims’ and the rest of us


By Suraj Oyewale Like any other adjective that borders on morality, the word ‘bad’ is one that does not have a universal definition. Even making it more susceptible to relativism is the word it is qualifying in the topic of this piece. So it is necessary to open this intervention by appreciating who a bad […]

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President Jonathan in Secret talks with Boko Haram Negotiators


Following the botched rescue attempt by the British Special forces in Sokoto last week leading to the death of two European contractors the UK authorities have finally prevailed on Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan to open genuine dialogue with members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad popularly known as Boko Haram. The sect has officially named […]

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On the trail of Boko Haram


By Andrew Stroehlein One of the best perspectives on Boko Haram. Sadly a Foreigner gives a sound analysis on the Nigerian Crisis than most Nigerian writers. Please take time and read, “You could say Boko Haram is everywhere, or you could say it’s nowhere: both would be correct.” This apparently confusing observation about the Nigerian […]

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Why it is Imperative to recall Justice Ayo Salami


By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi When we look back at our history, one is reminded of the wanton injustice which pervaded all strata of the Nigerian society firstly, in what historians have termed colonial Nigeria with its attendant whimsical colonial policies and secondly, independent Nigeria with its continued embrace of these colonial policies. The so called Nigerian […]

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2015 in View: Political moves and Counter moves


By Obi Ebuka Onochie What is the main difference between a political machine and a political party? A party is organized for a purpose larger than its own survival. A political machine exists for its own sake, its primary; in a sense its only purpose is survival.-Daniel J. Boorstin, American Historian. In the wake of […]

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Earnest race to the Promised Land


continued from last week By Mahmoon Baba Ahmed Many believed that the meeting of the leaders was deliberately convoked to heighten the already tensed situation in Somalia with a view to sensitizing the world about the alleged atrocities apparently perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group in that country and in other adjoining states, and to […]

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Boko Haram Siege Gov. Gaidam’s Home Town For Six Hours


Barely three weeks after the complete taking over of the Yobe State capital, Damaturu for many hours in an operation that resulted to the killing over 200 people most of them Police officers and other security agents by the members of Jama’a tus Sunnah Wal Da’a Wati popularly referred to as Boko Haram and precisely […]

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