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Post-election violence in Nigeria

Yesterday, the elections for governors were not held in Kaduna and Bauchi, two states in the upper north of Nigeria considered to be major flashpoints of the violence that came on the heels of last week’s presidential election. The announcement of the result of the national poll result was followed by a paroxysm of bloodletting on a scale that some, including the president-elect, has compared to the situation in the 1960s that led first, to the exodus of Easterners particularly the Igbo, and then to the civil war.

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Reflections on J.D. Sham’s Where Did Jesus Die? (2)

Shams went further to give a brief history of how the book evolved, beginning with the publication, in August 1939, of a leaflet with the provocative title “The Tomb of Jesus Christ in India.” After World War II, he says, the first edition of Where did Jesus Die? was published. Expectedly, the leaflet and book elicited different responses from Londoners, newspapers and journals.

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Congrats, President Jonathan – 1

At a time when most Nigerians were covering before the brutal regime of General Sani Abacha, a few brave souls were fighting, what to most of our fellow countrymen, a lost cause. To those brave souls, we owe this day. I was also busy on this page writing columns in defence of freedom, which one of my old friends, Ayo Olagunjoye, former Managing Director of National Bank, called suicidal.

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Post-election riots for what?

Riots which normally follow the release of election results in Nigeria are obviously condemnable for several reasons. In the first place, rioting is an illegal method of protesting the outcome of an election because it normally leads to loss of lives and property. The riots which followed the presidential election of Saturday, April 16, 2011, were particularly destructive.

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Generation X (3)

The dream of parents back then was that their offspring have a better life than they did and education and a disciplined upbringing were an integral part of that. Parents back then were the generation of baby boomers and they gave birth to us. They had many struggles, life wasn’t easy but they lived as members of a community and took their place gladly.

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