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Black Tuesday at Lekki toll-gate

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 will forever be remembered as the day that armed soldiers were unleashed on peaceful #EndSARS at the Lekki Toll Plaza, killing and injuring yet-to-be-specified numbers of young men and women. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had announced a 24-hour curfew, starting from 4.00pm that day. The curfew deadline was later shifted to 9.00pm.
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ASUU strike now anti-people

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been on its latest strike since March 23, 2020. Prolonged strikes have been part of the unenviable traditions of the Union. They date back to the 1970s, and this has contributed in no little way in devaluing tertiary education in Nigeria, part of the very objectives that
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#EndSARS: Let’s de-escalate now

The #EndSARS protests have crossed a two-week threshold. It is the longest-running and unbroken protest since our return to civil rule in 1999. It is also the first time the Nigerian youth have risen in one accord against the atrocities of the disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, which had become notorious for extortions, extrajudicial
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SWAT: Beyond change of name

The speed with which the name of the disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, was changed to the Special Weapons And Tactics, SWAT, team by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in response to the prolonged #EndSARS protests smacked of a well-rehearsed and anticipated containment tactic. It was the same manner in which former
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On FG’s intentions on Amnesty Programme

IN one of his rare public outings, the National Security Adviser, NSA, retired Major General Mohammed Babagana Monguno, penultimate weekend appeared to confirm the worst fears of some stakeholders in the Niger Delta when he announced that he had advised President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP. The NSA complained that the
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Restructuring: Time for action

The clamour for restructuring has never been louder at any other time than this moment in our history. Some sectional groups which used to stand firmly against it have joined the call to remodel the political and administrative architecture of the country. In recent years, the South and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum, SMBLF, consisting of
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Lauretta Onochie unfit as INEC Commissioner

The Muhammadu Buhari regime has since inception taken some unpopular, questionable and objectionable decisions in terms of policy options and appointments which are antithetical to the Constitution and the nation’s over all interests. These include appointments into public offices bordering on nepotism, rejection of assent to bills for electoral reform, attempts to confiscate people’s lands
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Buhari’s lifeline for teachers

President Muhammadu Buhari has abundantly shown his commitment to the welfare of workers and retirees. Being a career public servant, this inclination is easy to understand. This is evident in his approval of payment of the Nigerian Airways retirees, the speedy assent to the new National Minimum Wage and several bailouts to the states to
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As Onitsha comes alive

The Federal Government’s efforts to diversify not just the economy but also our ill-advised sole dependence on the Lagos Ports is moving steadily, as the Onitsha Inland Port has finally gone into operation. This is commendable sequel to the full commencement of operations by Maerskline at the Onne Port this year after quitting the Lagos
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