Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Wedding bell rumours for Alex Ekubo

Multiple award winning Nigerian actor and ladies’ man, Alex Ekubo, recently turned 31 years and had a private birthday party in Lagos with his alleged girlfriend and some of his close friends and colleagues. Another Nollywood finest, IK Ogbonna, gave him a birthday shout out on social media and stylishly let the cat out of the bag as he disclosed there are plans already in the pipeline for Alex’s wedding. He wrote, ‘Happy birthday bro, God’s plan in your life has just begun. As we plan your wedding this year,…

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Flying 9 months round the world taught me never to give up – Captain Odujinrin

Capt. Ademilola Odujirin has been flying for past 17 years. He was trained in the United Kingdom and United States of America and flew for Arik Air for five years. He recounts his experience to WOLE SHADARE   If you liken him to Ajala who travelled round the world, you won’t be wrong. He did what many could not do by flying nine months around the world. That was Capt. Ademilola Odujinrin who did a solo flight in his aircraft, the upgraded Cirus SR 22 He is the first African…

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Sanusi: We created room for Boko Haram, Chibok tragedy

•‘My father could dump throne if…’ •Buhari has failed abducted girls, Nigeria –BBOG   Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi (II) has tasked the political elite and religious leaders in northern Nigeria to take responsibility for the menace of Boko Haram and the accompanying tragedy of the abduction of the Chibok girls. He noted that these incidents were made possible by the kind of society created over the years by the people of the region. Sanusi’s remarks came at a ceremony to mark the three years anniversary of the…

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Tackling boat mishap with infrastructure

For many years, residents of Okonudun Erekun, Irewe, Itongbesa and other riverine communities in Ojo Local Government have been living a rustic life. They are geographically located in Lagos State, the nation’s commercial nerve centre, but they do not enjoy many social amenities. They lack good medical facilities, good drinking water, schools and other amenities that make a 21st century community. MURITALA AYINLA writes Waste disposal in these largely riverine communities is primitive and not in conformity with any ideal society as open defecation, urination into the lagoon and the…

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How Reps rejected proposal to sack govs

A controversial bill seeking to amend the 1999 constitution to empower the National Assembly to remove state governors was kicked out by members of the House of Representatives a week ago. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate on the rejected proposed legislation Members of the House of Representatives were last week engaged in a heated debate reminiscent of the tenure elongation agenda otherwise called third term, during the 5th Assembly. Apparently aware of the mood of the nation and the impression the public have about the legislature, the lawmakers were unanimous…

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How I escaped from Boko Haram – Chibok schoolgirl

One of the escaped Chibok schoolgirls, who goes with a pseudonym “Sa’a” addressed delegates at the recent Global Education and Skill Forum (GESF) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was at the event had exclusive interview with her. Excerpts: Can you recollect what happened on April 14, 2014 when Boko Haram attacked your school? What happened that night was a very terrible experience. We, the senior students, writing our final examinations were in school when Boko Haram came to Chibok town and started shooting sporadically. When…

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