Of filthy dreamers and APC agenda

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit” – Mahatma Gandhi We are clearly in a season of hate in our society today. Negative words appear to be more convenient and adaptable now. In this environment nerve suiting words are no longer in vogue, hate has taken over the centre stage of the nation’s political discourse since the All Progressives Congress (APC) rode to power with its propaganda machine oiled in hate and disinformation. In Nigeria’s political space it would…

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The law and politics of recall

FESTUS OKOYE To recall a member of the National Assembly, duly, validly and legally elected is a serious constitutional, legal, political, moral and strategic matter. To recall a member of any of the legislative houses combines the element of constitutionality, legality and politics. It is constitutional because the qualification, disqualification, election and tenure of the members of the National Assembly are constitutionally provided and guaranteed. The recall of a member of the National Assembly is in the realm of legality because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts the election…

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Eko for show

I had o sum up some mental courage to put this into perspective because going by what I read every day about democracy in Nigeria and the principal actors that have since occupied the driver’s seat, I am almost tempted to declare that democracy is doomed for now. The level of imposition, impunity, domination, harassment, abuse of procedure, processes and the absence of internal democracy has continued to rob Nigerians the opportunity of having a credible process in the course of recruiting leaders into various offices. When it is convenient…

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Hate speech, fake news and national unity

Lai Mohammed In Nigeria today, the hate being spewed on radio stations across the country is so alarming. If you tune into many radio stations, you will be shocked by the things being said, the careless incitement to violence and the level of insensitivity to the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of our country. Unfortunately, even the hosts of such radio programmes do little or nothing to stop. Oftentimes, they are willing collaborators of hate speech campaigners. This must not be allowed to continue because it is detrimental to the unity and…

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Accord Concondiale: The continuous serach for Nigeria’s elusive unity (16)

ENCORE Two weeks ago, we started our discourse on one of Nigeria’s great nationalists Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro, “Father of the Nigerian State,” this week we will conclude the crisis motion he moved on the floor of the parliament in 1953, to set the ball rolling for Nigeria’s freedom while we also beam our search light on another great Nigerian patriot Mallam Aminu Kano. THE CRISIS MOTION FOR NIGERIA’S SELFGOVERNMENT, OPPOSING THE BRITISH “GO-SLOW” POLICY (continues and concluded) “A declaration of objective, sir, is important in other respects. We and…

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MORATA FACES BLUES EXPECTATIONS

  Ajibade Olusesan Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte eventually got his man when Alvaro Morata completed a £65million move to the Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid but there are still questions on whether the ex-Juventus man can join the list of Blues’ greats after his stay in London. It was first thought the coach was in crisis when Chelsea lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but reports emerged much later that Conte preferred Morata while Chelsea’s board wanted the former Everton striker. Conte ended the club’s romance with highest goal scorer…

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He’s not good enough for my daughter

FUNKE EGBEMODE     At a stage in life, parents, especially mothers, tend to start fretting about the unmarried status of their daughters. It is at that time that they start taking interests in every man that does as much as say hello to their daughters. They ask after her male colleagues and other not-so-silly questions. They start introducing their friends’ sons and nephews and cousins and generally trying to match-make, albeit in a subtle manner. Unfortunately some parents, many mothers have lost the confidence of their daughters by interferring…

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