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Wike And Oyigbo Killings

By Casmir Igbokwe The viral pictures and videos of the deaths and destruction in Oyigbo area of Rivers State drew me to tears, even as most Nigerians are yet to get over the shooting of peaceful protesters in Lekki toll gate area of Lagos. What this and other killings in Nigeria indicate is that the right to life is not sacrosanct ...

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Fear Dominates The Lives Of Nigerians: The Consequences Are Dire

In spite of its resources, poverty is rampant in Nigeria. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images William Hansen, American University of Nigeria Is Nigeria a failed state? Former president and would-be elder statesman Olusegun Obasanjo seems to think so… well, almost. On October 1, 2020 – the day Nigeria marked 60 years of independence from colonial rule – the former president ...

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Since OPC Now Guards Police…

Casmir Igbokwe Nothing typifies the state of the nation more than the current helplessness of the Nigerian police. Here is an institution paid to protect us but, ironically, it has turned out to be in more need of protection. Some police formations in Lagos, for instance, have procured the services of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) to protect them and guard ...

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A Warning For Those Of Us In Bubble Enclaves

By Napoleon Esemudje Like simmering magma beneath a volcano, Nigeria is feeling the forceful rumblings of its bulging youth population. Without clear vents for their wellbeing and opportunities for social mobility, the country’s elites will soon feel the impact of their pent-up rage and desperation. Here’s why. #youthdevelopment #opportunities #leadership #nigeria The explosion of violence over the last two days, ...

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Looming Anarchy: Nigeria Drifting Towards The Verge 

By Ireke A. Kalu Onuma In a way, I think we live in Intresting times. I have been trying to make sense of some conversations around the state of the nation in recent times. My feeling is that we have a looming anarchy facing us. For over 50 years we’ve been sacrificing the lives of our young men and women ...

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#Restructure Nigeria Now?

By Casmir Igbokwe Nothing confirms the urgent need to save Nigeria now more than the current protests against police brutality across the country. For days now, #EndSARS/#EndSWAT protesters have held the nation hostage. Even in the North, people are no more comfortable. Northern youths started their protests against insecurity in the region last Friday. Tagged #Endinsecuritynow, the protesters have marched through ...

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Pseudo-Intellectuals And Their Imperialist Cohorts: An Epithet

By Okpala Joseph I will start with due apologies to the few intellectual giants in our midst who through intellectual honesty have helped to advance the cause of mankind positively. It is a fact that the minority of humanity that falls into the above class of intellectuals is indeed limited, thus giving a seeming impression of man being incapable of ...

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Young Nigerians Rise Up To Demand A Different Kind Of Freedom

Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Image Sakiru Adebayo, University of the Witwatersrand Two days after Nigeria celebrated its sixtieth year of independence, a video of a young man brazenly killed by a member of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS caught the attention of netizens. The Twitter user who posted the viral video claimed the man’s body had been ...

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Why Microplastics Found In Nigeria’s Freshwaters Raise A Red Flag

Plastic pollution remains a topmost environmental concern Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Emmanuel O. Akindele, Obafemi Awolowo University Freshwater ecosystems are a priority for environmental scientists because they affect the health of animals and plants on land too – as well as people. They provide food, water, transport and flood control. Freshwater ecosystems also keep nutrients moving among organisms ...

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We Decrypted Messages From The Biafran War That Have Remained Secret For 50 Years

A freedom march for Biafra held to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. Stefano Montesi – Corbis/Getty Images Richard Bean, The University of Queensland; Frode Weierud, CERN, and George Lasry, University of Kassel This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Biafran conflict ...

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