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Scenarios with Obadiah Mailafia

The Middle Belt reawakening and the future of Republic

Handshake Across the Niger summit

A HISTORIC Summit of the peoples of the Middle Belt holds this week. The event began yesterday Monday with a rally and will conclude today Tuesday with a conference on security and development in the region. It was the great novelist Chinua Achebe who once said that, “unless the lion learns to tell his own story, his history will always be written by the hunters”. 

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Femi Adesina and the Lessons of the Peloponnesian Wars

MY gentle readers would have heard about the outburst last week by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina during a morning television interview on AIT. When questioned about the rationale for the government’s insistence on ranching, considering people’s attachment to their ancestral lands, the man exploded: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, what does the attachment matter? What does it matter again?  Ancestral attachment? You can only have attachment when you are alive….What will the land be used if those who own it are dead at the end of the day.… not every state will have land for ranches. But where you have land and you can do something, please do for peace. What will the land be used for if those who own it are dead at the end of the day?”

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The spirit of Anti-Christ and the Last Man

IN his novel, The Brothers Karamazov, nineteenth century Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky evokes a scene in the sixteenth century provincial Spanish city of Seville, where Jesus Christ returns and is confronted by The Grand Inquisitor. He is immediately recognised by the throng who flock to him in droves. Many are healed. A child is raised from the dead merely on encountering His shadow.

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