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Probe the Metele Boko Haram massacre

FROM Day One, the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency has been a big mystery to most Nigerians. How an otherwise “rag-tag” band of religious outlaws ballooned into one of the most notorious terror machines in the world, claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Nigerians and rendering more than two million people homeless in spite of the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Army and Air Force, is something difficult to fathom.

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Armistice Day and the lessons of war

Future events were to prove him wrong because in 1939 a more nihilist World War (II) again broke out between the Allies and Germany and its Axis allies. Once again, the Allies prevailed, but the cost of the war was so staggering that the winners made better efforts to appease the losers and thus prevent the outbreak of a World War (III) in these atomic and nuclear ages which could extinct mankind.

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Why the Saudi Khashoggi murder matters

When the news of his disappearance broke, the Saudi authorities told one lie after the other to shield the truth. First, they said he had walked out of the embassy. Later, they said he died while fighting with officials in the embassy. Finally, they admitted he was killed by a drug which was injected into him with the intention of abducting him to Saudi Arabia.

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Ending the Osu caste system in Igboland

STEPS to end the obnoxious Osu caste system in Igboland appear to be gathering steam in a way never seen before. In September this year during the 1019th celebration of the New Yam Festival of Nri Kingdom (believed to be the birthplace of most Igbo groups), Eze Nri Enweleana II, Obidiegwu Onyesoh, abolished the system in his community. In July this year, it was abolished in Irete in Owerri, Imo State.

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From the creeks to the Bar

IN June 2019, the unconditional amnesty granted the ex-militants of the Niger Delta will be ten years old. The late President Umaru Yar’ Adua had in June 2009, listened to wise counsel and made this offer to the agitators destroying our economic assets in the Niger Delta in exchange for peace and their rehabilitation. This measure became so effective and popular that successive regimes continued to adopt it

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minimum wage

Minimum wage, now the hard part

ORGANISED Labour – the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and Comrade Joe Ajaero’s United Labour Congress, ULC – are floating on the euphoria of a historic achievement. They squeezed out a new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 without actually embarking on indefinite strike, burning down the economy and subjecting the people to untold hardship.

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