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The disturbing trail of terrorism and Boko Haram

Terrorism, Nigeria

By Morak Babajide-Alabi It was distressing to hear the news of the murder of the Christian leader, Rev. Lawan Andimi by members of the notorious terrorist group, Boko Haram. This has once again brought to focus on the Nigerian government’s self-praising efforts in improving security. It also highlights doubt on the claimed eradication of the
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Two tributes in one – Ajibola and Attah

For me, this is already a happy year. Most newspapers now have annual awards for various individuals for different reasons. I have been opposed to the idea when it first started. To some extent, I am still very much in doubt regarding whether we are doing the right thing. Mainly, I object because the criteria, just like those of the National Awards, are not often clear. Individuals with absolutely atrocious or questionable records of achievement have been honoured. Governors are the most notorious in this regard. Some of the ex-governors who made the list in the past are now in jail for embezzling public funds. Easily debunked ‘Unusual Transformation’ in a particular state has not stopped a propagandist from receiving encomiums as a great achiever. Certainly, annual awards have been abused and the history of Nigeria distorted. We have given honour to several who are not due.

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The stripes of a prophet

As a new believer, the Lord asked me one of his intriguing questions. He said: “Femi, would you like to be a prophet?”
I did not answer. The last thing I wanted to be was a prophet. I saw no glory in it but problems and difficulties. Later, I addressed the question indirectly. I told the Lord I did not want the ministry of Isaiah. To me, Isaiah’s ministry is frustrating. He is called to preach to people who will not receive his word. 

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