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The Forbidden City…(1)


By OLUSEGUN ADENIYI Hardly had I introduced myself when the man seated by my side, a Lebanese, remarked: “It’s like Christians and Muslims are still killing one another in your country…” I could not contain myself as I reacted sharply, “from where did you get that?” He said he had just finished watching on CNN […]

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Haiti, 1987-1988


After the Duvalier dictatorship came to an end in 986, the country prepared for its first free elections the following year. However, Haiti’s main trade union leader declared that Washington was working to undermine the left. US aid organizations, he said, were encouraging people in the countryside to identify and reject the entire left as […]

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Austerity in US and UK – Ranks of Working Poor Grow Despite Social Safety Nets


By EJIKE E. OKPA 11 The IMF president, a French national recently went to Nigeria to tell them what to do with their economic situation as it relates to fuel subsidy. Of course, one could have said, a ‘Daniel Come to Justice’, a machination of Nigeria Finance Minister Ms Okonjo-Iweala, who believes into to in […]

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Our Golden Girl


Ordinarily, the process of electing the World Bank president is as ‘democratic’ as that of electing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman: it’s always a family affair! In PDP, the president anoints and the party delegates endorse. At the World Bank, America nominates, the rest of the world ratifies. To date, there have been […]

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Security and Development


 By ROBERT MCNAMARA The rub comes in this: We do not always grasp the meaning of the word“ security” in this context.  In a modernizing society, security means development. Security is not military hardware, though it may include it.  Security is not military force, though it may involve it.  Security is not traditional military activity, […]

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Nigeria’s Educational System and the Democratization of Ignorance


By UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND OGUBUARIRI It has become an incontestable truism that Nigeria’s educational sector is in doldrums. Even with the entire hullabaloo being made about “transformation” of the country, yet, the drums of shame in the sector have continued to resonate and the naked dancers are not showing any sign of fatigue. Only few days […]

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Is Nigeria A Knowledge Based Society?


By BUKHARI MUHAMMED BELLO JEGA Knowledge and skills have become the global currency of 21st century- economic…if you really want to know how a country is going to do in the 21st century don’t count its oil reserves or gold mines, count its highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students- Thomas L. Friedman Knowledge […]

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Nuclear Iran: Israel – U.S Headache


By OBI EBUKA-ONOCHIE “My supreme responsibility as Prime Minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate”. – Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. “I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” “And as I’ve made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I […]

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World Bank Interest better served as Finance Minister


Africans now have this hang-up on international positions, considered as prestigious. You must remember that Africans have been Pope, Europe conqueror, United Nations President and now American President. None of these is enough as long as your Continent remains in shambles. If you know you are good enough to rule the world, rule your country […]

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A Federation without Federalism


By NASIR AHMED EL-RUFAI If any ques tions remain as to why, despite huge oil revenues and massive borrowing by the government – poverty, unemployment and insecurity have worsened, our detailed analysis in this column of the 2011 and 2012 budgets of the Federal Government would have provided some answers. We raised posers on whether […]

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Who is Idang Alibi Fooling?


By NA-ALLAH MOHAMMED ZAGGA Credulous readers can be easily misled by sophistry and propaganda, which is intended to arrest the intelligence of undiscerning Nigerians. One cannot, therefore, resist the urge to challenge the opinion of Idang Alibi, a freelance journalist, on the outcome of the recent governorship election, which once again returned Aliyu Wamakko of […]

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Is the United Nations of Nigeria Our Answer?


By AZUKA ONWUKA Nigeria should disintegrate peacefully. No, a united Nigeria is the answer. A sovereign national conference is the only way. No, sovereign national conference is a euphemism for disintegration. We can’t have a sovereign national conference when we already have a national assembly. True federalism is the solution. We want resource control. We […]

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There was a Country


A penguin profile of Chinua Achebe’s personal history of Biafra, There was a Country: The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to […]

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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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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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The ‘Mad Lion’ and His ‘Mad’ Church


“There is a role wandering aimlessly in search of a hero. This role is beckoning to us to move, to put on its costume and give it life.” –  Gamel Abdl Nasser, Egyptian statesman If you asked that remarkable Egyptian leader of blessed memory, he would probably have declared that for some hero to accomplish […]

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Nigeria’s Politics of self interest


Politics has been defined as the activities involved in getting and using power in public life and being able to influence decisions that affect a country or society. Informal politics has been in existence from time of yore; it’s very popular (prefix less) antithesis, formal politics, presumably, came with civilization. The history of politics is […]

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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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On The Controversial BPE Sales


The recent recommendation of revocation of the Federal Government sale of Daily Times Nigeria Plc and nine other public enterprises by the Senate is a confirmation of the shortchanging of the country by public officials that managed the controversial privatisation programme. The Upper Legislative body, on December 20, assented to all 45 recommendations of its […]

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Are Australian Commandos Hunting for Terrorists in Nigeria?


A secret squadron of Australian SAS soldiers has been operating at large in Africa, performing work normally done by spies, in an unannounced and possibly dangerous expansion of Australia’s foreign military engagement. The deployment of the SAS’s 4 Squadron – the existence of which has never been publicly confirmed – has put the special forces […]

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I Have a Dream for Nigeria – Series 2


By ABIOLA OLAIFA Thomas Jefferson of America, the famous author of the America’s Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States (1801 – 1809) wrote; “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Nigerians deserve better. The neglect has lasted too long […]

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The History of US-Israel Relations (1) How the “Special Relationship” was Created


Alison Weir is Executive Director If Americans Knew and President of the Council for the National Interest. She is available to give presentations on this topic and can be reached at contact@ ifamericansknew.org or inform@ cnionline.org. Part Two of this article will be published in the coming months. Alison Weir September 2011 While many people […]

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