Friday, June 25, 2021



A lawyer’s candid advice to the newly commissioned Cadet ASPs, by Abba Hikima

To the 418 cadet ASPs released into the society by the Nigeria Police, let me start by saying congratulations. You are by virtue of your...

A bibliophile goes a-shopping, by Ibrahim Sheme

This afternoon, my bibliophilic instinct (combined with nostalgia) drove me to do something extraordinary that I used to do way back in my secondary...

A rejoinder to Igbo intellectuals on the Biafran minister in Buhari’s govt, by Yushau A. Shuaib

Recently when I joined up with Jaafar Jaafar and Abdulaziz Abdulaziz as Northern writers in the campaign for the appointment of an Igbo military officer to the position of the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff

Digital agenda and social media gains, by Hashim Suleiman

It does not need too much echoing to recognize how much the surge in social media participation has been since the ascendance of Dr...

OML 118 dispute resolution and Nigeria’s next billion barrels, by Momodu Abutu

Mother Nature has a way of depositing its vast treasures wherever it pleases. In the wonderful world of hydrocarbons, these resources are either placed...

A short note to supporters of IPOB terrorism, by Ahmed Musa Husaini

When Boko Haram was ravaging parts of the Northeast, many southerners labeled it as a conspiracy against Jonathan, claiming it was being sponsored by...

El-Rufai’s sacking of 4,000 Kaduna workers, unpopular but right decision, by Mustapha Ramalan

The announcement that 4000 workers from Kaduna state’s civil service would be disengaged had drawn anger from Governor El-Rufai’s critics in the state and many more around the country.

El-Rufai and the limit of technocracy, by Abubakar Usman Abubakar

The recent controversy involving Malam Nasir El Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna state, is one in a series of many that add to the enigmatic character of the diminutive governor.

Why did Catholic Church build a mosque in Gwagwalada?, by Abdullahi O Haruna (Haruspice)

The above question swims in curious crescendo in the minds of people who witnessed the commissioning of a mosque built by The Missionary Society of Saint Paul of Nigeria (MSP),

Last man standing: Alhaji Aminu Dantata @ 90, by Munzali Dantata

Aminu Dantata was one of the eighteen surviving offsprings of Alhassan Dantata when I was growing up in the 1960s. Most of them lived...

Taiwan’s exclusion from World Health Assembly undermines global health, by Amb. Mary Beth Leonard

Taiwan was incredibly effective at managing the COVID-19 pandemic and the world has an opportunity to learn from that experience at the May 25-June...

Open grazing: The weird logic of Justice Minister, by Jaafar Jaafar

The Southern Governors Forum’s recent position on open grazing has stirred up the hornets' nest. The decision, which appears to be a holistic approach...

The latitude of labour in a capitalist country, by Bala Ibrahim

Thank God, calm returned to Kaduna State yesterday after the announcement made by the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Ayuba Wabba, who declared that the five-day warning strike in the state had been suspended.

Post-COVID-19: Why Nigeria and France must strengthen military and economic ties, by Muhammadu Buhari

Today, leaders from across Africa meet in Paris to discuss plans to recover from the impact of a common enemy – COVID-19. But for...

In memory of Goggo A’i and my many departed parents, by Bashir Hussaini Adamu

It was around this time (May/June) in 1976, after the Common Entrance Examinations, that I qualified to be admitted to a Federal College of...

The ‘fishing expedition’ on Hadiza Bala Usman, by Na-Allah Zagga

The NPA revenue remittance issue and the suspension of Hadiza Bala Usman is intriguing. When an issue involves vested interests, justice should be done...

Coup Scare: Could the government be complicit?, by Bala Ibrahim

I remember an instance when the then governor of Lagos state, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu raised alarm about an attempt to assassinate him, after an incident in which four people with him were killed.

Mohammed Idris at 55, Blueprint at 10, by Ibrahim Sheme

In my life, there are three people that I call Chairman, and they are related in more ways than one. First, all three happened to come from Niger State. Two of them are Nupe, so those are my "Katsina slaves".

PR Wise: The Presidency, Pantami and Mbaka, by Yushau A. Shuaib

In public relations practice, decision-making processes on an issue and crisis management are always the toughest before any act of communication can be effectively...

The implication of Jaafar Jaafar, by Gimba Kakanda

Without him, we wouldn’t have unmasked the dollar-hoarding mobile vault occupying the seat of power in Kano state. But Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, whose...

Insecurity: The sobriety of Saraki’s suggestion, by Bala Ibrahim

To start with, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki is not in my good books, and it may take a long time before he gets imported into them. But while he is serving that sentence, he has done something yesterday,

Where do we go from Pantami?, by Gimba Kakanda

When the spotlight on Dr. Isa Ali Pantami began, the direction of the conversation wasn’t unpredictable. The first sign of trouble was the refusal of his critics to retract their mistranslation of his conversations with the Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu at 65, by Ibrahim Sheme

On this day, April 25, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, clocked 65 years.

Jaafar, Ganduje and fairweather aide’s buffoonery, by Mohammed Alfa Lawan

When I read on social media an article by Binta Spikin, a fairweather aide to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, putting vague defence...

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