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Of vandalised billboards and motives

ONE factor that is used to establish culpability in criminal investigation or prosecution, particularly when a suspect is not caught red-handed, is motive. Motive simply means the reason for doing a thing. It is this concept that should guide us in making our conclusions about the allegations of malicious damage to billboards by the camps of the two main contenders for the 2019 Edo South Senatorial Election – Senator Matthew Urhoghide, PDP and Patrick Obahiagbon, APC.

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Hate Speech

Sometime in July last year, the Department of State Services hosted a national seminar on unity in diversity, security and development in Abuja. In his address to the participants, the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, raised an issue that was not then playing in the public space, namely, hate speech. He warned that “hate speech precedes genocide, the greatest tragedy in human history.”

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Aregbesola and his legacies

RECENTLY, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola became the former Governor of Osun State; he completed his eventful and impactful two terms in office. He left office before November 27 in a blaze of glory and glowing legacies that would be hard to match though we pray that his successor in office would be able to perform as much as he did. 

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Addressing housing crisis, deficit in Abuja

HOUSING crisis is a huge issue for the poor and the working people in Abuja with more than half of the population living in precarious houses.  We have 1.7 million housing deficit. Given the fact that it is both fundamental and constitutional requirement, the Nigerian government had formulated a National Housing Policy in 1991 to ease the provision of adequate, accessible and low-cost housing for the poor and the working people.

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Hameed Ali:  The Nightmare Of Border Syndicates

The Comptroller-General (CG) Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col.  Hameed  Ibrahim  Ali (rtd) is   a public figure, whose name  does not reverberate  like his peers in such sensitive  leadership positions.   Ordinarily, a Customs CG   is a powerful personality. His office is strategic to government because of its revenue generation strength and protection of Nigerians from prohibited goods.

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Stop! Nigerians lives matters

Democracy on paper is not enough. Free, fair, and violence-free elections are crucial for the protection and deepening of representative democracy in any country. It is shameful and inhuman when political candidates use their own citizens as pawn to pave the way for their political ambitions. Unfortunately, electoral violence has been a continuous problem in Nigerian politics since she became a federation in 1963. Usually, the violence and killings occur either before the election (electoral campaign) or after the election.

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