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OPINION: Taming Badoo Cultists

By Adewale Kupoluyi (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Many things are happening in our country, simultaneously. Perhaps, one of the disturbing trends is the high rate of crime and criminality. When a nation is enmeshed under such circumstances, attaining development becomes a nightmare. That is the more reason why concerted efforts should be made to see how […]

OPINION: Crossing the River, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

Photo caption: Former Governor of Cross Rivers State, Liyel Imoke (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I read the beautiful piece titled “Imoke: From Politician to Statesman” written by Dan Amor and published in Daily Sun of July 11, 2017.  Permit me, as an outsider- not being an indigene of the state nor having lived there- to look […]

OPINION: The Party Is Over, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – This piece shares title with a 1960 Argentine drama film directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, which depicts the political corruption in Argentina in the 1930s, a period referred to as the “Infamous Decade”. The decade, which began in 1930 with the coup against President Hipolito Yrigoyen by Jose Felix Uriburu, culminated in […]

Chi Onwurah MP: “British, not Nigerian” By Reuben Abati

Photo caption: Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament representing Newcastle Central in the UK House of Commons  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chi Onwurah, the Member of Parliament representing Newcastle Central in the UK House of Commons and my former colleague at the State House, Molara Wood, met recently at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing award ceremony. […]

OPINION: Homage to Catalonia and Separation, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A coalition of political  parties in Catalonia, Spain,   backed by the Regional Government on  Tuesday, July 3, 2017 introduced a bill for a referendum on independence  in October. The bill provides for a declaration of independence within 48 hours if the “Yes’ votes win, or an early election to form a new […]

The Nnamdi Kanu Phenomenon, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The most discussed subject in Nigeria today is what is called “restructuring” and indeed so popular is this subject that it has attracted the attention of roadside commentators, the bright, the not-so-bright, the mischievous and the outrightly unintelligent all united by the singular claim that Nigeria belongs to all of us and […]

OPINION – Danbaba Suntai: The Evolution of a Relationship, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – In April 2012 when I was Acting General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) then Congress President, Abdulwaheed Omar walked into my office to inform that he had just received a call from the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba  Danfulani Suntai that he just landed at the  Abuja airport and […]

INEC and Dino Melaye Must Each Avoid the Slippery Avenue

By Prof R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria It is now on record that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  of Nigeria is about to embark on a new journey by investigating a recall petition against Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi western Senatorial District. Such an exercise should be the first of its kind […]

OPINION: Qatar and the Goliaths of the Gulf, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Goliaths of the Gulf including power house, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates gave tiny Qatar thirteen demands which they know the latter cannot comply with.  Some of them, such as demanding Qatar pays compensation for “its policies” are so outlandish and open-ended that even those making them cannot […]

Buhari and the Hausa Language, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – “Baba just fall my hand! Ha, wetin.” “Which Baba?” “Baba Bubu, the President of all Nigeria.” “In the spirit of this season, may Almighty Allah (SAW) grant him good health and quick recovery. It is part of our duty to pray for our leaders. Only infidels pray for evil.” “My friend, the […]

 “Lagos State is a Place for all”, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The holding of the Eyo Festival as part of the activities marking fifty years of Lagos State, transported me back to my childhood. Although the festival can be rough, but we in the Obalende Area had our own Eyo group, the Bajulaye; with red hats and covered head to toe in flowing […]

When the Goat Claims Same Paternity with the Sheep, By Owei Lakemfa

Photo caption: King of Morocco, Mohammed VI (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Morocco, the North African kingdom is noted for its tantrums, rascality and general disregard for  human rights, international norms and conventions. An attempt by sister African countries like Nigeria to convince the kingdom to respect the independence of its smaller neigbour, Western Sahara  led to Morocco […]

OPINION: The Confusion Engulfing  the Confluence State

By Prof R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria We don’t think that Kogi State, in the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue, will require any further introduction to most people who went through primary education in Nigeria.  Similarly Prince Abubakar Audu’s sudden  death on Sunday November 21, 2015, a day to when his gubernatorial […]

OPINION: Calming Frayed Nerves After the Storm Of Quit Notice(s)

Photo caption: Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Meets with Traditional Rulers from the Northern States, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, over a recent Quit notice handed to the Igbos by a Northern Youth Group.  By Idowu Samuel (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – It sounds like an irony, but diplomats and expatriates who serve or work in Nigeria often […]

JAMB 2017: Matters Arising, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I attended a meeting recently at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Abuja: the post-2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination review meeting chaired by the JAMB registrar, Professor Ish-aq Oloyede. Participants included Professor Oloyede and his technical team, field officers and other staff, all the Chief External Examiners […]

OPINION: Who will Recall Dino Melaye?

By Adewale Kupoluyi (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria is a very peculiar nation in all respect. It is for this singular reason that I find it extremely difficult to accept hook, line and sinker the general belief that what operates in other climes would automatically be applicable here. Far from it! Over time, experience has shown […]

OPINION: When Brothers Fight with Long Knives

By Owei Lakemfa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Terrorism  rules the world today. In the past one week, there have been three attacks in parts of the world. Just two days ago (June 7) two symbols of Iranian life; its Parliament and the tomb of revered revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were attacked with at least a […]

A March  to Remember, By Owei Lakemfa

Photo caption: Late MKO Abiola (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Exactly twenty four years ago, the Babangida regime held Presidential elections which were supposed to transit the country from military rule  to democratic governance. But the  regime  wanted to hold on to power, it therefore annulled the elections. Some opportunistic politicians supported the annulment while others  sought […]

The Joy of True Democracy: The UK Parliamentary Elections 2017

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo, akinadejum@aol.com (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – This article is not meant or written to disparage or ridicule the system of governance, politics and democracy in our country (although if I were to do that, I will be within my rights as a very concerned Nigerian) that we have turned on their heads, aberrated, […]

OPINION: Dousing Ethnic Agitations, by Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Recent political developments in the country have further accentuated our diverse fault-lines and confirmed even to the outside world that the chord of our so-called national unity is yet fragile, very fragile.  Regionalism, ethnicity, tribalism, nepotism, favouritism, religious bigotry and the provincial character of leadership have continued to conspire to exert pressure […]

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