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Amnesty issues

By Donu Kogbara CONGRATULATIONS to President  Umaru Yar’Adua for having the humility to meet and greet the Niger Delta militant leaders who have agreed to lay down their arms and disband private militias that have caused so much socio-economic disruption. Congrats also to the tough warlords of the creeks for giving peace a chance…and for
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Dishonesty issues

LAST week, I dedicated this column to (a): complaints about the crooked, shameless, power-abusing personalities who are dishonestly pretending to mourn the death of Gani Fawehinmi – a man of integrity with whom they had absolutely nothing in common and (b): complaints about the alarming number of Nigerians who steal from the offices and homes they work in…

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Lubna’s story- Update and comments

LAST week, I wrote in support of Lubna Al-Hussein, a Muslim Sudanese journalist who had launched a protest against the Islamic conservatives who rule her country because she and some of her girlfriends had been arrested for “violating sharia values” and for “dressing indecently” (ie, for wearing trousers in public).

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Rough justice

Lubna has became a huge celebrity and has acquired legions of supporters both at home and abroad; street rallies are held in her honour in Khartoum; run an internet search on her name and you’ll come across thousands of references to her courage

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Elderly Eaglets

Twenty nine out of the 36 footballers who were selected to represent Nigeria in this year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament, have just been disqualified on the grounds that they lied about their ages and are too old to participate.

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Every form of refuge has its price

Late at night, the mansion she shares with the man she doesn’t really want gets lonely. So she acquires an attractive lover of her age – a penniless boy who lives on the poor side of town but excites her nevertheless because he not only has “fiery eyes and dreams no one can steal” but “makes her feel the way she wants to feel”.

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The future can be bright

I sometimes succumb to emotional cowardice; and I couldn’t quite bring myself to tell Dr. Lukman – a distinguished father figure and former OPEC boss with whom I’d had a warm relationship for several years – that my decision to absent myself from OGIC was also partly motivated by professional frustrations and political concerns.

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