Opinion

National Assembly’s New Ridiculous Universities

By Casmir Igbokwe That the National Assembly is considering establishing 80 new higher institutions in Nigeria shows how abnormal our thought process can be sometimes. That the lawmakers are even debating the bill at a time the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike makes it more absurd and a grand exercise in shadow chasing. The 80 bills ...

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Will Coscharis Outlive Us?

By Patrick O. Okigbo III I am on the road from Abuja for the monthly pilgrimage to participate in “Nkata Umu Ibe”, the distinguished speaker series, organised in Enugu by the Centre for Memories. The lecture topic, “Kedu Ndi Anyi Bu: An Inquest in Igbo Identity”, has my mind exploring various vistas. This month’s speaker will probably explore the origins, history, ...

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As We Mourn Our Fallen Heroes!

By Ogundimu, Babatunde Solomon First, I commend the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the wounded soldiers in Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday, November 28 2018, even though it took the Commander-in-chief of the Armed forces 5 days before admitting the catastrophe, and 10 days to visit the injured soldiers and commiserate with the families of the fallen heroes. Be ...

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Travelogue: Beyond The Next Level

By Olusola Sanni It was a long haul. A road travel from Abuja to Yola isn’t what you do everyday just for the fun of it. However, it was a pleasant opportunity to see, again, the beauty of Nigeria: her landscape and the people. It is a charming substitute for the lifeless azure of air travel. As a child, I ...

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One Day Won’t Win Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria

By Timothy Adewale On December 9, Nigeria will join 185 other nations to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, the 15th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It is important to raise awareness about the harm caused by corruption, demonstrate the progress made by the international community to unite against corruption, and reaffirm the urgency of this fight. ...

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Tech Hustle?

By Patrick O. Okigbo III Every generation of Ndigbo in Nigeria have had their specific hustle. What will be the hustle for today’s generation? In the early twentieth century, Ndigbo saw EDUCATION as their way to success. David Abernethy stated that “by the 1930s and 1940s no people in the world placed a higher value on education or regarded its ...

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Metele Massacre: Like Jonathan Like Buhari

By Casmir Igbokwe In 2014, during the run-up to the 2015 general election, the then General Officer Commanding the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, narrowly escaped death. The man was addressing his troops in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, when some disgruntled soldiers fired gunshots at him. But his aides shielded him and drove him ...

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To Win The War On Terror We Need Opportunities And Jobs  

By Atiku Abubakar In order to defeat terror, Nigeria needs a well thought out anti-terror plan and one thing that must be central to that plan is the buy in of the people because terror can only thrive where there is local support. Take that local support structure away and the terror architecture will collapse like a pack of cards. ...

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Those Who Do Not Think

By Patrick O. Okigbo III George Santayana, essayist and philosopher, is reputed to have said that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Fact! A nation that fails to interrogate its mistakes is condemned to keep running around in circles. There will be a lot of motion but no real movement, and many lost opportunities to ...

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Still On Igbo Survival In Nigeria

Casmir Igbokwe My piece last week entitled, “Igbo survival in 2019 and politics of 2023”, evoked a lot of mixed reactions, especially from the Igbo. Some called and engaged me for hours on phone. Some others sent messages through different platforms. It goes to show the seriousness the Igbo attach to the issue of their survival in Nigeria on one hand, and ...

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