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Clowning in Davos, being good boys in UK

By Owei Lakemfa Ioane Teitiota is from the Pacific nation of Kiribati, a country that is only about two metres above sea level. Faced with land disputes, difficulties of accessing safe drinking water and the danger of his country disappearing under the waves due to the climate crises, he migrated with his family to New
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Nigeria is losing a whole generation to unemployment

Internally displaced democracy

THE  harmattan was biting. The television camera brought worrying images of one of the twenty two Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps in Benue State. A mother has only a small wrapper to cover her baby and herself. It was a losing battle. The type that the about half a million IDPs in the state have had to fight in the last few years against starvation, cholera, measles, general  insecurity and death

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Shaving Africa’s hair in his absence

A NUMBER of countries including Turkey and Russia, this week tried  to put out the flames engulfing Libya by convening a peace meeting in Moscow, with the likelihood of another in Germany on Sunday. In France, President Emmanuel Macron, like a head master, summoned the presidents of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania to Pau, Southern France to explain why there are rising anti-French sentiments in Africa. He threatened to pull out the 4,500 French troops allegedly fighting terrorists in Africa.

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Nigeria is losing a whole generation to unemployment

I want a new country, not another one

MANY Nigerians want to leave. That is why a citizen would gather a lot of money and pay a human trafficker to be taken through the horrors of the desert with the possibility of dying of thirst, arriving in unfriendly countries where he can be enslaved and then making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea where many have found watery graves. All these just to end up in Europe with no welcome, no shelter, no warm clothes, no job and no guarantee of food or the future.

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Nigeria is losing a whole generation to unemployment

Noble birth, troubled adulthood

MURITALA Ramat Muhammed was the charismatic General who emerged Head of State following the July 29, 1975 coup. In a counter-coup on February 13, 1976, he was cut down in a hail of bullets. The  frightened regime which survived him was shocked it had no inkling such a coup was in the offing. It, therefore, decided to establish a secret service which would combine internal security, local and foreign intelligence gathering, counter-intelligence and propaganda.

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