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The ‘house Negroes’ of Nigeria


MALCOM X made a fine distinction between the house Negro and the field Negro in one of his numerous speeches. The revolutionary leader eloquently defined  the two in the following words:

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Ethnic, RUGA

The true meaning of Ruga

IT’s a monumental tragedy for Nigeria that our conversations in the last four years have mostly been about barbarism. At a time when even some African countries are making advancement in different areas of human endeavour, we have been bogged down with Miyetti Allah, cattle routes and grazing reserves.

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June 12 and the hypocrisies after the fact

PRELUDE to the conclusion of its tenure, the eighth Senate assented to a bill earlier passed by the House of Representatives, which confirmed June 12 as Nigeria’s official Democracy Day, 26 years after the acclaimed freest and fairest election in the country’s political history was annulled via jackboot fiat. Accordingly, the National Holiday Act was rejigged to move Nigeria’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.

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Ndume, Okorocha

Will NASS become a State Assembly?

A GOOD friend of mine who is an encyclopedia on Nigerian politics told me a pathetic story a few days back. He had visited governor-friend years back. As they went in, he saw the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Clerk waiting for his Imperial Excellency. He was with the governor for about four hours and when he saw him off at midnight they were still waiting with the Speaker dozing off.

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Awolowo ,Awoism

Give us men like Awo, Enahoro and co

I AM trying to get a copy of Prof. Pat Utomi’s latest book as I am fascinated by the chapter on how criminals hijacked the Nigerian political space. We cannot forget in a hurry how Senator Nuhu Aliyu got up one day on the floor of our Senate and screamed that “there are criminals in this chambers”.  The ex-cop was said to have seen a man he once arrested on a robbery charge sitting there as a senator.

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On Obasanjo’s Warri verdict

A FEW days after the 2018 Global Terrorism Index categorised Nigeria as the third most terrorised country in the world after Iraq and Afghanistan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave an unusual but brutally frank assessment of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country with a damning verdict on the mission of the terror group.

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Miyetti Allah: Arewa’s new consultative forum?

IF there were citizens still living in denial that Nigeria has sunk below our expectation, Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, removed all doubts last week when he declared that violent herders association, Miyetti Allah, is Northern Nigeria’s version of respected Southern groups, Afenifere and Ohanaeze. The President’s aide, who was speaking on Channels TV, said: “It is a mistake to say the Nigerian government is talking to bandits.

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