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ActionAid advocates no bail or out-of-court settlement for rape cases

Tackling Nigeria’s rape crisis

NIGERIA is engulfed in a rape crisis. Our women (and in a minority of cases, men) are under siege from sex maniacs. It is a nationwide phenomenon, and the time has come for all of us to pay it the critical attention it deserves. The episode that sparked off protests involved Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa,
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Reps move to block entry of foreign herdsmen into Nigeria

Keep foreign herders out of Nigeria

THERE are three major security problems facing Nigeria. The oldest is the 11-year-old Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. The second is the so-called “Bandits” in the North West who have now penetrated Niger State in the North Central. The third and the most insidious and deadly are the armed herders running riot all
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COVID-19: Nigeria records 15,839 new positive cases, 317 deaths in 30 days

Doctors’ strike amid escalating COVID-19

GOVERNANCE appears to have reached a dead end, especially at the Federal level. Government is no longer responding adequately to the many challenges facing the nation. Whether it is the imploding security situation all over the country, especially in the North West, several unconscionable breaches of efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, security rumpus in
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Social critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, has called for soberness and rebirth by our political players, leaders and appointees as the country mark the June 12 holiday on Friday.

Democracy Day: How far?

MAY 29, 2020 marked the 21st anniversary of Nigeria’s return to democracy after a staggered 39-year era of military dictatorship. Nigeria has only spent 31 years under elected governments since independence in 1960. On June 6, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari yielded to agitations and approved June 12 as our Democracy Day. It was the day
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COVID-19: Buhari warns ECOWAS leaders against laxity

FG’s misplaced spending priorities

IT has been widely held that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will force even obstinate and change-resistant entities like Nigeria to jettison their wasteful governance templates and embrace policies that will impact directly on the ordinary people. When the country was forced to lock down its people to protect them from the pandemic, an effective implementation
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Akwa Ibom Assembly advocates training teachers on e-learning tools

Don’t abandon private sector educators

SOME of the critical sectors of our economy and society have been unfairly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, not just in Nigeria but all over the world. These are aviation and other aspects of commercial transportation, leisure (especially hotels), schools, religious activities and sports. These are sectors that involve a lot of movement and
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Lessons from America’s George Floyd crisis

APART from our 1999 Constitution which was patterned after the American presidential system of government, in what other ways does Nigeria aspire to be like the United States? We share America’s ethno-religious diversity and market-driven economies. America has deeply troubling racial problems yet the country remains the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world.
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On Col. Umar’s letter to Buhari

AFTER a long break from the public domain, former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), last Sunday published an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of betraying his pledge to “belong to all Nigerians”. Buhari had uttered a striking soundbite: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”
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Coronavirus rekindles global trade disputes

COVID-19: Your life now in your hands

IN what should have been President Muhammadu Buhari’s fifth COVID-19 national broadcast, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, PTF, on Monday, June 1, 2020, laid out the protocols for the second phase of the easing of restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. Places of worship are now reopened subject to
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ADB: Let Akinwunmi Adesina be

WE join all people of goodwill all over the world to urge the United States government and others behind the call for an independent investigation of the African Development Bank, ADB, President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, to allow him to face his work without further distraction. With three months left of his first five years, Adesina
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