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Adekunle Fajuyi: They want us to forget

The ancient city of Ibadan comes alive on Friday July 29, 2016 as dignitaries from all walks of life converge to remember that gallant,brave and outstanding soldier,Col Adekunle Fajuyi, who was murdered 50 years ago by Northern military officers who massed on the capital of the Western Region to take out then Head of State, Major General Johnson Aguiyi- Ironsi.

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As it was in 1953

WALE Adebanwi, a Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California-Davis recently stopped by at Jazz Hole on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi,Lagos to read from his latest book: NATION AS GRAND NARRATIVE:The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning, to a select audience of some of the richest minds around town.

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The last days of the Union?

FROM May to mid-September 1991, American journalist Brian Hall went on tour of Yugoslavia and caught a glimpse of the country from within, one that goes behind journalistic narration to present the intimate hatreds, prejudices, aspirations, and fears of its citizens. He was traveling through Yugoslavia and the nation was crumbling in his footsteps.

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Buhari’s presidency: Vibrant support and agonising regret

ABOUT five years ago, my decision to endorse retired General Muhammadu Buhari given the constraints at the time, was based on the promise that he would make a great civilian President of Nigeria. I scripted a widely circulated glowing affirmation of his candidacy. Based on my estimations, there were appropriate inadequacies associated with the other candidates that made them unfit for the job.

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Fulani hackmen and Nigeria’s clash of civilisations

MY good brother Otoks Princewill was lost as to why many of our fellow Nigerians from the far North have taken sides with cows as against humans whose lives are being wasted in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt since Fulani hackmen unleashed a reign of terror on their host communities in a frightening dimension especially in the last one year. From Falae’s farm in Akure, through Agatu down to Enugu and many more communities it had been what Fela Anikulapo-Kuti called “sorrow, tears and blood.”

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Jonathan: To arrest or not?

I MET Robert Azibola in the trenches in the dark days of General Sani Abacha.He was one of the young activists then who were singing uncomfortable tunes in the ears of the dark-goggled dictator.I lost contact with him for several years until I ran into him in the lobby of an hotel in Abuja early 2015.That was when he told me he is cousin to then President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

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