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Re-negotiating violence

By this I mean Nigerians from the North-West and North-East of this country. What I must now call a lazy way of explaining this apparently well-organised and outer-directed violence, is to attribute it to joblessness, poverty or any of those social vices and disjunctions we are too quick to identify as being at the root of the violence. Poverty or joblessness is not peculiar to the North.

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Who funds Nigerian elections?

The number of political murders has reduced, and the culture of following due process in the resolution of political and other conflicts is being nurtured. Still, it is doubtful if all the election petitions in the world, assuming they are credibly conducted, can shovel up all the mess dumped on us in 2007.

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A farewell to arms?

Not many Nigerians would disagree with Dokubo’s claim, knowing Obasanjo for the kind of wily fox he was. Dokubo has been, more or less, tamed so that the recent spat between him and the intelligence department during which he was detained (?) might be a baiting trick to see if there is any fire left in him.

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Mimiko’s burden

He came into office with a lot of goodwill, a goodwill which extended beyond Ondo State as was evident when he made a late appearance, days after being sworn-in, at the Obafemi Awolowo Centenary Lecture that was delivered by Professor Wole Soyinka at the NIIA in March.

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Finally, justice from America

Perhaps it is even time to question the euphoria that has followed what may seem like the exaggerated importance of the mere rap on the offending wrist of oil multinational, Shell, by the American court that heard the suit brought by the families of the slain Ogoni activists.

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