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The Niche lecture: Again, it’s the economy

By Ikechukwu Amaechi THE Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, the country’s foremost foreign affairs think-tank, will on Tuesday, October 15, host the second edition of TheNiche lecture, just as the venue did in the first edition on April 20, 2018. The choice of venue is strategic because its ambience gives vent to the intent
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At 59, Nigeria is retrogressing

ON Tuesday, October 1, Nigerians, as has become the tradition in the last 59 years, celebrated the independence anniversary of their country. The red carpets were rolled out in Abuja and across the 36 states. There were dinner parties in state houses where some of the choicest wines the world can boast of were served. Statements were issued and flowery speeches made about how great a country Nigeria, the giant of Africa, is.

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Buhari, OML-25 , VAT, Atiku, NDDC, PDP, Chibok girls, MURIC

Xenophobia: Finally, Buhari raises diplomatic hell

WHEN Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, was strangled on June 13, in her hotel room in South Africa, I raised a poser here: “Who will save Nigerians from South African murderers?” The 53-year-old mother of two was attending the African Insurance Organisation, AIO, conference in Johannesburg. It was one killing too many.

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Kanu, Nigerians, IPOB, UN

The danger in Nnamdi Kanu’s antics

FOR Ndigbo, August, a month of homecoming and celebrations, is special. They love going back to their ancestral homes across the Great River, called Niger, to celebrate the new yam festival (Iri-ji Ohuru). The magnificence of the ceremonies was aptly captured by the inimitable raconteur, Chinua Achebe, in his 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart, thus: “The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night and it was only during the following day when the pounded yam ‘mountain’ had gone down that people on one side recognised and greeted their family members on the other side of the dish for the first time.”

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The deadly army, police tango in Taraba

IT wasn’t a tango in the literal sense of salsa or rhumba. No! If it were, Nigerians would not have been as shocked as they are right now. It was not friendly fire, either. Neither was it a mistake. This is cold-blooded murder. Simple! And the question is: Why? Many before now had come to the conclusion that nothing really shocks Nigerians anymore. We have seen it all – man as his bestial worst. What could be crueller than cutting open the stomach of a pregnant woman to ensure that not even the foetus survives? Or come to think of it, what could be more brutish than strapping bombs around the waist of a 10-year-old girl and detonating same with some remote mechanism from a distance? Despite all these, there was something about the deadly encounter between officers of the Nigerian army and police in Taraba State last week that many are yet to wrap their heads around

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Buhari’s Nigeria: One day, many troubles

GROWING up, I read Professor Anezi Okoro’s seminal 112-page book, One Week, One Trouble, in which the author, one of the country’s finest fiction writers of his generation, regaled the reader with the protagonist, Wilson Tagbo’s weekly troubles which were majorly run-ins with his secondary school authorities. I have had a cause in recent times to reflect again and again on the 1972 book. Replace the protagonist with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigeria and what you get is ‘one day, many troubles’. The similarities are too uncanny to be ignored by any perceptible mind.

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