Grow our sports to end the Nigerian shame at the Olympics

THE PUBLIC SPHERE with Chido Nwakanma Bad news again streamed out of the Nigerian Olympic team at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It was not a surprise to many and replayed a tune that tires Nigerians out from hearing. The Nigerian Olympic story has been one of a few pleasant surprises and many heartaches. The Olympics disqualified ten of our athletes on Wednesday, and the …

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Abba Kyari And His Red Flags Of Vulgar Exhibitionism

By Farooq Kperogi Although there is no art to decipher the cunning of crooked cops, DCP Abba Kyari gave us many red flags to cause us to be suspicious of his policing, but many people ignored it. I, for one, have an abiding suspicion of people who are given to gratuitous self-congratulation and ostentation, who are aggressively self-promotional, and who perpetually have a need to …

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Why There’s Nothing Stopping APC Ward Congresses Scheduled For 31st July, 2021

By Senator Ovie Omo-Agege A few while ago, I issued a statement expressing my legal opinion on the purport of the decision of the Supreme Court in-respect of Eyitayo Jegede’s appeal against the election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the misinterpretation of the said judgment from certain quarters, vis-a-vis the purport of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as it affects the A.P.C …

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Kanu, Igboho: Different Sides of a Coin

By IKE Abonyi SELF-PITY IS SPIRITUAL SUICIDE. IT IS AN INDEFENSIBLE SELF-MUTILATION OF THE SOULANTHON ST. MAARTEN The challenge of Ndigbo In today’s Nigeria is the excessive self-absorbed misery over their predicament. This misery has eaten deep into their psyche and now affects how they relate to and among themselves and others. Even if the dream of Biafra comes true, Ndigbo may find themselves in …

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Normalising Banditry And Other Aberrations

By Olatunji Dare The downing last week of a Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Alpha jet on a combat mission in the ungoverned and increasingly ungovernable space in the Zamfara/Kaduna area of northern Nigeria by disparate armed groups battling the Nigerian state and traditional institutions has introduced a new, frightening element into the conflict that has overwhelmed that zone and is threatening to spill over. Many …

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Andy Uba’s Governorship Quest: Desire or Destiny?

By Victor Afam Ogene John Lennon, the famous British singer, of the Beatles fame must have forseen the future when he many years ago penned down the immutable lines: “There’s nowhere you can be, that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” These lines succinctly speak true of the contemporary times, especially at it relates to the November 6, 2021 Anambra state governorship election. As the …

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Unmasking The Real Enemies Of Electoral Reform

By Mon-Charles Egbo In a democracy, there is nothing that can be more reassuring than the confidence that one’s vote counts or that the genuine wishes of the people are respected in every electoral contest.Even the unscrupulous critics agree that electronic transmission of election results is not only strategic in strengthening and deepening democracy but in vogue, the world over. Among others, it confers legitimacy …

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Top 10 Popular Nigerian Lies with Enormous Staying Power By Farooq A. Kperogi

In Nigeria, once lies and historical myths take roots, they are almost always impossible to uproot. But the stubborn persistence of lies is no reason to give up on correcting them. Find below 10 oft-repeated lies with the most staying power in Nigeria. That the Nigerian government banned history in secondary schools. In the last few years, the claim that the Nigerian government “banned history” …

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EYEWITNESS REPORT: What was said at the US Congress during Bishop Kukah’s visit and how Nigerian Govt proved it

By EMMANUEL OGEBE Renowned Nigerian Bishop Kukah has been unjustly but expectedly vilified by the Buhari regime for speaking the truth about the horrific Nigerian situation before the US Congress. However to put things in proper context, as one who has testified numerous times in congress myself and been subjected to even worse attacks by the Buhari regime including the plot to revoke my Nigerian …

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Sunday Igboho and the threat of war

By Femi Fani-Kayode FOR soldiers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen back to a community in Ogun State from which they were earlier evicted and then to publicly whip members of that community for evicting them simply beggars belief. Have the people of the South West now become slaves in their fathers’ land? Have we finally been conquered and occupied? It is utterly mind-blowing. It is …

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‘WHY NIGERIAN POLITICIANS HATE ROBUST JOURNALISM’

Inside Stuff With MARTINS OLOJA Let us not get it twisted, there will never be a cosy relationship between state actors and good journalists. And so whenever you see that state actors and journalists are harping on a buzzword, ‘we are partners in progress’, there must have been a compromise against the people. Journalism isn’t public relations. Journalism exists to scrutinise and question deviations, monitor …

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The Electronic Transmission Of Results From Polling Units

By Dike Chukwumerije “INEC MAY transmit results electronically WHEN AND WHERE PRACTICABLE.” This is the phrase. It is self-explanatory, which means that I should not have to write about it. But Senators like Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Ali Ndume (Yobe), Ovie Omo Agege (Delta), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Uba Sani (Kaduna) say that writing this phrase into our electoral law would disenfranchise all …

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2023 And The Defection Hullabaloo

By Ike Abonyi “Neither political party is clean when it comes to tactics that divide our people.” – Roy Barnes In his heydays, the chatty former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said that once you come over to his party the APC your sins will be forgiven, he knew he was making a very juicy offer because, in Nigeria’s political family, …

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