Deborah: Victim Of WhatsApp Rule Violators

Late Deborah Yakubu (left), and the wicket Islamic extremist that let the pack that murdered her By Azu Ishiekwene Parents, students, and indeed anyone with a conscience is still shocked at the killing of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto over allegations of blasphemy. The brutal termination of the life of a promising young Nigerian in a school, will again pass with lamentations and condemnations as has become the norm, but most likely, without the consolation that justice would be served. As we flip over this page and move on, we would…

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With Osinbajo, It’s Catch-22 Situation For Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (left), and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN Vice President of Nigeria in a chat By Onyema Omenuwa The hypocrisy of supporters of Nigerian politicians can be nauseating. Lately, to even a casual follower of political developments, nothing arouses such revulsion more than the virulence being exhibited towards Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, by supporters of Bola Ahmed Tinubu because of the former’s ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. Suddenly, we’re witnessing people, who all the while exhibited fanatical support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) government, turning 180…

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APC And Igbo Presidential Aspirants

By Sam Onwuemeodo For Rochas Okorocha’s group, Governor Hope Uzodinma and Adams Oshiomhole were for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu presidential aspiration. This was the first impression or belief. The group, abinitio, also believed that the repeated or consistent or persistent campaign of calumny against Okorocha, by Uzodinma and his government, was part of his deal with the Tinubu group.  We could be right. We could be wrong. The strong feeling was that the lmo State governor was given the assignment or job of blackmailing Okorocha out of reckoning. Right from the…

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What Will Kill A Man Is Already Before Him

By Francis Ehwerido On a recent visit, a former colleague and longtime friend, Assumpta Udoh, told me something I found very profound because of its clarity: “Franco, by the time you are 50, the health problem that will kill you will be before you. How long you live thereafter depends on how you manage it.” Assumpta is very correct. Her grandmother was diabetic but died at age 98. Her 101-year-old father is asthmatic, but still going strong. He played exhibition tennis at 100 in Ikoyi Club, Lagos, last year. Of…

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Britain, IPOB And Terrorism

By Paul Ejime Two consequential implications stand out in the recent United Kingdom Government statement on separatist groups in Nigeria’s South East region. The first is that the deteriorating security situation in the region, the stomach-churning and senseless bloodletting and barbarism that has lately seized the region, and which is at least in part blamed on IPOB and other groups, has dealt it probably an irreversible damage in the international community. The second and a corollary to the foregoing is that the United Kingdom which hitherto was a haven for…

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Deborah Samuel: How It All Happened – Course Mate

Her last words: “What do you hope to achieve with this?” Rukia, late Deborah’s coursemate of the college, who witnessed how Deborah was flogged, killed, and burnt described the scene as the most horrible she has ever witnessed. The student who identified herself simply as Rakia, gave an account of how the voice note of the 25-year-old student degenerated into an uncontrollable situation. Speaking from her parents’ home in Gidan Kaya area of Sokoto State, the visibly shaken student said, “Deborah was my course mate. I just stepped into the…

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Is Jonathan A Beautiful Bride?

By Ray Ekpu The crowd that is chanting Run, Jonathan, Run is a composite contingent made up of greedy and hungry fellows, rented fellows, political flunkeys of the basest type and those who think that Nigeria may be ready for any kind of political tomfoolery at this time. Ordinarily, a man who had risen from the position of a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President to the apex of his country’s administration, the presidency, ought to be happy that he had done, without being harmed, a marathon that most Nigerians only…

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Lisa Cook’s Rise as First Black Woman At The U.S. Federal Reserve Board

By Chido Nwangwu Equally important to me as an African political economy and public policy specialist, are the facts that Prof. LIsa Cook has served on the Faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. We’ve seen the same playbook all over, again. The leadership and operatives of the current Republican Party, generally, continue to show an almost giddy inclination, a dangerous propensity to target very qualified African American ammunitions especially and clean claim without…

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Peter Obi And The Popular Imagination

By Austin Tam-George. I served as Commissioner for Information in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in Rivers State a few years ago, but I was not a member of the party. In fact, I have never been a member of any political party in Nigeria. Do not blame me for this. For anyone watching from outside, politics in Nigeria may seem like a peep into a dimly lit psychiatric ward, where the inmates cannibalize one another in a deadly struggle for the Warden’s key. But in this election season…

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A Prognostic Analysis Of Trending Islamization Of Nigeria

According to a Harvard University study, the Islamization of a country cannot be stopped once the Muslim population reaches 16 per cent of the total population. This is what Islam expert, Nikoletta Incze, said on June 22, 2019, on Hungarian public television. Incze points out that many countries that are Islamic today were originally Christian, for example, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria. In other countries as well, Islam supplanted the previous religion: Pakistan was Hindu, Afghanistan was Buddhist, and Iran was dominated by Zoroastrianism. According to her, the Islamization of a…

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