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On Atiku’s day of honour, a case for free, universal education

FORMER Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is certainly no stranger to the honours podium. In fact, it can be said that he is one of the most decorated Nigerians alive, having been so often honoured within and outside the country that he probably may have lost count of the number of awards he had garnered. A man of many parts, his wide range of awards were given as special recognition for his significant achievements in political, business and humanitarian causes.

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Amazing stories from Yola that defy Boko Haram bombs

DUE to intermittent attacks, including suicide bombings, from Boko Haram insurgents, major parts of Nigeria’s North East states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are generally perceived as often haunted by the spectre of death and destruction, and therefore, no-go-areas. This is why Yola, the Adamawa State capital, which until lately was largely a haven of refuge for residents and the internally displaced or those fleeing the horrors of terrorists attacks, is now regarded as highly endangered on account of some suicide bombings recorded there.

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A misguided engagement of the Biafra issue

He may have taken more than three months but President Muhammadu Buhari would need to deal with the growing discontent coming from the South-East. His direct silence or, better put, seeming indifference, or both, has, one way or the other, contributed, in no small measure, to the spark that has happened on members and leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB – and the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, riddled by in-fighting, is playing catch up with relevance.

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‘Red and white women’ clash over Oshiomhole, Igbinedion

It has been the battle of women in red and those in white in Edo State. The women joined the fray between Governor Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion and his (Lucky) father, the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion. Oshiomhole had alleged that certain things went wrong under the Igbinedion administration, alleging that the Esama played a part.

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Kashim Shettima: At last, respite from Boko Haram!

His background as a financial expert does not give room for pretences. Figures don’t lie, people say. In the same vein, Kashim Shettima, second term governor of Borno State, does not politicize issues because of the exigencies of the time; no, he would say it the way it is, especially if it will achieve the desired result. He was once criticized for his blunt assessment of the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram during the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, but the nation soon realized that there was no better way he could have said it if he was to get the Federal Government to act. A spade is a spade, and that was what Shettima called it.

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Wind of revolt in S-East: Why Biafra must rise again —protesters, others

Several days after, the protests ignited by the agitation for the unconditional release of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, continue to gather momentum, sweeping through the South East and parts of the South-South like a hurricane. The protesters are irked by the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu by the Department of Security Services, DSS, even after an Abuja Municipal Magistrate Court at Wuse Zone 2 had granted him bail.

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