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Democracy and the people’s role (9), by Afe Babalola

Democracy and the people’s role (9), by Afe Babalola

WITH the recent happenings in the country especially agitation for a new constitution, should it be concluded that democracy is under threat?  I do not think so at all. First, democracy, like a seed, when planted must be allowed to germinate.  For it to blossom to maturity and produce bountiful fruits, it must be nurtured, watered, […]
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Short-term and long-term solutions to hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

Short-term and long-term solutions to hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

LAST week, I examined how the abandonment of agriculture by successive Nigerian governments has continued to bring untold hardships and other unpalatable consequences on Nigeria. The unpleasant consequences include, but are not limited to unpaid salaries, pensions and other emoluments, spiral unemployment, different shades and shapes of violence, armed robbery, grinding and debasing poverty, grossly underfunded […]

Hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

Hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

I HAVE said at different fora and in many of my lectures in the past that an hungry man can become an angry and an angry man can be violent, while a violent man can do anything. This brings me to some unpalatable developments in the country where people reportedly looted government silos in search of […]

Constitutional review or a new Constitution?  Nigeria at a crossroads, by Afe Babalola

Constitutional review or a new Constitution?  Nigeria at a crossroads, by Afe Babalola

IT is with mixed feelings that Nigerians welcomed the news of another round of tinkering with our military constitution of 1999. The Constitution has been subjected to series of amendments. These amendments were necessary to cure various anomalies in the Constitution discovered per time, and anomalies that were caused by adopting a constitution that did not […]

President’s call for mechanised farming: Good for agricultural revolution, by Afe Babalola

President’s call for mechanised farming: Good for agricultural revolution, by Afe Babalola

I READ with great delight the statement credited to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his vision for food self-sufficiency. On February 12, 2024, The Punch reported the intention of the President to make Nigeria a major food exporter through “aggressive mechanised farming”. I have been an advocate of mechanised agriculture for several decades. The old […]

The continued relevance of penalty shoot-out in soccer, by Afe Babalola

The continued relevance of penalty shoot-out in soccer, by Afe Babalola

IN a divided world, humanity has always found common denominators. One of these is soccer, also referred to as football.  Soccer at a glimpse Soccer is the world’s most popular spot. It is a game played by two opposing teams of eleven players each with the object of getting the ball into the opposing team’s goal. The […]