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2023: Who wants to cremate Nigeria?

Nigeria, unity, Vision

THE lust for power seems to be bringing out a stupefying unreasonableness in some of our compatriots that is sure to become a source of disequilibrium for the fragile polity.

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Arewa youths

Arewa songs of Araba

THOSE who know history will not find it very difficult to put a string to the lullabies of leading Arewa voices lately. Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr Junaid Mohammed and former Vice-Chancellor of ABU and Convener of Northern Elders Forum,Prof Ango Abdullahi have lately been leading voices in the unfortunate “Araba” orchestra from the land of DanFodio.

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P&ID, Nigeria, China

Taxing poverty Nigeriana

WHEN I almost concluded that the Nigerian elites are all dead to our cold realities came a rude awakening from an unusual quarter. The statue man of Imo, former Governor Rochas Okorocha (now a Senator) got up in the Red Chambers last Thursday to cause a stir among his fellow fat cats. He declared Nigeria does not need more than a Senator per state and three Representatives from each of the 36 states.

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Africa

Our zerophobia worse than xenophobia

THE serial xenophobic attacks on Nigerians should not have been the best way South Africans could have repaid Nigeria for our contributions to the anti-apartheid struggle. I have been wondering what would be running through the minds of ANC cadres who joined us as students in Ife and Ibadan in our university days in the ’80s, seeing citizens of a country that was so nice to them being bothered on the streets.

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kidnappers. Doctor, bandits

Republic of bandits

I HAVE always had this friendly exchange with my brother, Adeyinka Olumide Fusika, SAN, for some years now that Nigeria is a failed state, but he would always tease me that lawyers are still going to court and judges are ruling on disputes. I don’t know whether the learned silk has seen the image of Katsina Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and a gun-wielding bandit after His Excellency finished a closed-door round table with bandits in the home state of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria this past week.

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