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WPFD: The media’s challenges

Monday, May 3, 2021 was a day set aside by the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, for the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, WPFD 2021. This year’s edition, being the 30th, was celebrated by UNESCO in partnership with the government of Namibia in Windhoek, the birthplace of the universal declaration
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We reject emergency rule

With every emphasis at our disposal, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to ignore the unpatriotic calls for a state of emergency over our current security threats. It will never solve the problem. Rather, it might lead to unforeseeable circumstances which could bode ill for the corporate existence of Nigeria. On several occasions
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Moving to stop the looming threat

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have been very vocal in their calls for Nigeria to avoid “another civil war”. At the 2021 Bola Tinubu Colloquium, Buhari reminded Nigerians how he fought in the 1967-1970 civil war and witnessed its horrors. He said Nigerians are better together than apart. Just last week,
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Presidency’s defence of Isa Pantami

SINCE the scandal over the past open support of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, for some global terrorist groups broke out about a fortnight ago, the Federal Government initially remained aloof to it. On Thursday, April 22, 2021 the Presidency, which had also decidedly kept mum over the display of
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Nigeria police contingent in Somalia

SOME Nigerians have been raising concerns over the despatch of a contingent of 144 officers of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, to terrorism-wracked Somalia to help in efforts to stabilise security and restore the rule of law and order. Their grouse is that this is ironically coming at a time that the police force is
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Between nepotism and insecurity

THE Federal Government has once again sparked off controversy with the appointment of yet another Inspector General of Police from the North as this is considered a flagrant violation of the Federal Character provisions in the Constitution. On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari named Usman Alkali Baba, to replace Mohammed Adamu as IGP.
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Give the Ogbole sisters justice in Belgium

THE travails of two Nigerian women, Mrs. Ajima Ogbole-Spittael and Susan Ogbole, her sister, in a Belgium hospital deserve global attention and intervention by the Nigerian government and international agencies. After a doctor at Az Sint-Jan Bruges hospital, Belgium, had mistakenly cut and permanently damaged Mrs. Ogbole-Spittael’s cervix in a surgery meant to remove fibroid
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Acquiring martial, other skills for self-defence

ON April 1, 2021, Governor Dapo Abiodun decorated Professor Wole Soyinka as the Super Marshall of Operation Amotekun, the Ogun State chapter of Western Nigeria Security Network. By accepting that investiture, the Nobel Laureate endorsed the growing need for civilians to acquire martial skills for self-defence. Coming at a time that the federal agencies constitutionally
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Nigeria’s abysmal power supply

SIX years into the “Change” mantra of the present administration, the World Bank has returned a damning report that Nigeria now ranks bottom – 171 out of 190 surveyed countries – in the access of its citizens to public power supply. Government, as usual, might issue a rebuttal of such reports by authoritative international bodies,
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