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Will this President stop the killings?

Again, we are heartbroken.  We are grief-stricken by yet another wanton killing, avoidable deaths.  The latest from Kaduna and Abuja.  We have not forgotten the pogrom in Plateau, the homicide and in Benue and the Boko Haram bloodshed around the corridors and hinterlands of States in the North-East. These are wounds that may not heal fast especially among the immediate affected families. We reel from the daily occurrence of these sad incidents. Sadly too, the figures of deaths emanating from these developments seem not to worry occupants of Aso-Rock.  Oga Femi Adeshina and his boss will like to argue that several killings have been with us from the time past.   If truly they have been with us, we had that conviction in May 2015 that this government will do everything in its power to keep these tragedies away from us.  But we have nonetheless continued to face a pandemic of killings, slaughtering and gun violence.

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The killing fields of Nigeria

The powers in the hands of a Nigerian President are enormous; and indeed, awesome. The President possesses the power of life and death over his fellow humans. In a simple exercise of the prerogative of mercy as stipulated in Section 175 of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999, he can bring back to unfettered freedom, a man who was already destined for the gallows.

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