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Nigeria cannot survive without the Igbo – Femi Aribisala

This is one voice in the Nigerian wilderness saying to the Igbo from the depth of his heart: we are sorry. We are sorry for the way we mistreated you. We are sorry for the way we abused you. We are sorry for starving your children to death. We are sorry for killing your loved ones. We are sorry for stealing your properties. We are sorry for making you feel unwanted in your own country. Please forgive us. It is time to forgive us. It is way past time for the Igbo to forgive Nigerians. We beg you in the name of God.

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Ahmed: In a race with time

JUST recently, Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, had occasion to lead a team of government officials to a meeting with the World Bank, in Abuja. The meeting was aimed at creating a productive partnership between Kwara and the global financial institution. The partnership would result in easy financing of key components of the developmental programmes of the Ahmed administration as it marks the first half of its second term which coincide with 50th Anniversary of our state.

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Nigeria is not yet a nation

Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials who have been socialized into believing that there is a gap between their people and other Nigerians.

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Opinion: 200 Million plates

Some frown because he sports a wild and luxuriant beard, as though it were a crime to be devout and be a governor at the same time. The same people have applauded the bombshell of hair around Fidel Castro’s chin when he dared the world’s powers, enthroned a system and rallied a lowly people against capitalist interlopers. Castro’s beard was no believer of Christ or Allah. It is atheist and proclaims no god except the man who bore it.

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As Nigerians await the CCT’s decision

Perhaps, the biggest wrong step of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the inception of the present administration, was its seeming inability to appreciate the dynamism of the constitutional provisions guiding separation of powers among the three arms of the government namely, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary under a democratic system.

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The history of Lagos, Ilaje and the aboriginal tribes

WRITING on the Ilaje situation in Lagos, Ajose Kudehinbu, former Head of Service of Ondo State and prince of the Ilaje Aheri kingdom who spent his early childhood in Lagos, recalled that one of the several places Ilaje had occupied and which he visited with his father, growing up then, in the city was ‘Agege-Odo’, now Akoka and present site of the University of Lagos from where the original Ilaje occupants were evacuated to establish the University.

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On Obaseki’s new 192 aides

It is easy to quickly dismiss Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as somebody who doesn’t get his priorities right when one considers the news that he has appointed 192 special assistants from all the 192 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state to “serve as representatives of the government at the grassroots”.

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