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Insurgency: Nigeria to partner Republic of Korea, Egypt for regional peace

Those who have ears, let them hear

TRAGICALLY, our country is headed back to the odious days of General Sani Abacha when dissent was regarded as criminal, protest as a coup and reason as treason. In the last few days, patriotic Nigerians including people in this government who disagreed with the invasion of our courts by hooded armed men, and resort to self-help by the President Muhammadu Buhari government, have been ordered to shut up. Countries like the United States and United Kingdom and organisations like the European Union and Amnesty International who have raised concern about the violation of basic freedom and refusal by the government to respect the rule of law, have also been asked to shut their mouths. All these are a rehearse of the antics of the Abacha regime.

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Insurgency: Nigeria to partner Republic of Korea, Egypt for regional peace

May the Lord save our leaders from us

A LARGE chunk of the media last week was taken over by reports and comments about the earthshaking, or is it ground breaking foundation laying ceremony of the Transport University in Daura. The star of the ceremony was not President Muhammadu Buhari, but his Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi who regaled us with tales how he coerced the Chinese into agreeing to build the institution.

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Trump, Macron

Packing NATO at 70 into Old Peoples Home

AGEING is a natural process, but some age faster due to a variety of reasons including ill health, lack of good nutrition and troublesome children who raise their blood pressure. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, established primarily to counter the defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, has aged quite fast due to some of these reasons. So much that when its 12 biological and 17 adopted children gathered in Britain to mark its 70th, it was difficult to say whether it was really a social party or a gathering of grumbling children amongst whom there was no love lost.

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PDP, Bello, banks, Yahaya Bello

Homage to Emperor Yahaya Bello: Long may you reign

I WAS tempted before the November 16, gubernatorial elections in Kogi State to suggest that incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello should simply be given a second term as elections were unnecessary. This would have saved us the enormous funds wasted in the elections. Those killed before, during and after the elections, might still have been alive. Those maimed and scarred for life, buildings burnt and property destroyed might have been averted.

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Cuba

Nkrumah – Quao: Africa still pays heavily for the truth

IT follows a familiar pattern. African  leaders who are courageous enough to speak the truth to powerful countries, pay quite heavy prices. They are vilified, victimized, blackmailed or sometimes murdered.  Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, who was the African Union, AU, Ambassador to the United States until this month, is lucky. All she got for speaking out for Africa against its continued looting particularly by France, was a sack. At least the ambassador of Zimbabwean origins, is alive.

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