“It is very easy to persuade the uneducated youths
to take up arms against an imaginary enemy and
fight, believing that by doing so they are guaranteed a life
of perpetual bliss in the hereafter;
the life that has been … Read the rest
In July 1988, I wrote a column in Newswatch titled “The Symptoms.” It was inspired by the uproar generated on the African continent which had been turned into a toxic wasteland by the Western industrialized world led by Italy but … Read the rest
Apparently, there is no stopping the unbridled distortion of our recent political history even by otherwise respected intellectuals to advance their pet project, the remaking of Nigeria via the mechanism of re-structuring the polity.
Just as well, many of us … Read the rest
I find it baffling that responsible Nigerian leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari appear to be losing sleep over the possibility of another war breaking out in the country.
Some of them have postulated rightly that no country can survive two … Read the rest
Three options – ransom, amnesty for bandits and de-radicalization for repentant Boko Haram fighters. The three of them appear to me like a diabolical trio, but for their sponsors they seem to represent the ultimate elixir that will spell the … Read the rest
In the beginning when the genesis of the phenomenon of bandits and banditry was shrouded in some anthropological puzzle, those whose mandate it was to crack the mystery and treat it for what it was – an incipient war by … Read the rest
Abdulazeez Mohammed & Fatima Labran
For the family of Chief Labran Ogbeki, it was another season of harvest as their daughter bade farewell to spinsterhood as she tied the nuptial knot with Abdulazeez Mohammed, son of Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed, one of the founders … Read the rest
Even as figure of speech, I had thought this business of the tongue being a monster or a man’s most dangerous enemy was in the exclusive remit of literature.
That was until I chanced on Kano State’s Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s … Read the rest
Another round of #EndSARS protests? No. Not again. But in parts of the country, Osun State in particular, some protesters peacefully marched to the State House of Assembly in Osogbo Monday this week armed with a motley of new demands
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