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The Afe Babalola testimonies

Reading Time: 4 minutes A lot of hope has been placed on the country’s February 25, 2023, general elections. It actually seems that the country’s continued existence depends on them. Already, some foreign observers have dispatched advanced teams. However, amidst all these, a 93-year-old statesman, scanning the horizon, advises that the elections be postponed by six months if the Read More…

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Tigray-Ethiopia: Writing a bloody peace in hopelessness

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ethiopia, which along with Liberia were the only two African countries Europe was unable to colonise, has been bathed in blood many times in the last six decades until a bloody peace was written on November 2, 2022. A civil war with Eritrea which was then part of Ethiopia exacerbated the 1983-85 Ethiopian Famine resulting Read More…

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What politicians can teach labour leaders

Reading Time: 5 minutes INTRIGUING. I mean the topic that leaders of the Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FOBTOB asked me to speak on. ‘Trade Union Leadership: Lessons to be learnt from or Taught to the Political Class.’ I know a lot of lessons politicians can teach labour leaders, but scratch my head what the latter can Read More…

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Qatar ’22 and a troubled world in search of leaders

Reading Time: 4 minutes MOST of humanity began a work week on Monday, November 7. I watched hundreds of Congolese youths including ladies engaged in rowdy but seemingly joyous group dances, songs and banter.  There was also a sprinkling of soldiers amongst them. Good, you might say. Except that the gathering was not about celebrating life. While billions of Read More…

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To migrants, watery graves; to humanity, a boiling world

Reading Time: 4 minutes TRAGEDY.  Unimaginable tragedy. What is most tragic to me is not the number of migrants, including children from underdeveloped countries, who have gone down the sea to watery graves trying to reach Europe. Yes, this year alone, over 1,200 went on a final dip, never to resurface again, or if they did, only as corpses. Last Read More…

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Nigerians can’t breathe

Reading Time: 5 minutes BAYELSA State was for weeks submerged by floods which damaged or washed away bridges and roads, homes and farms, power transformers, and hospitals, and displaced 99 per cent of its over 2.5 million people. Some deaths were recorded with the living clinging to life while the buried could not safely remain in their abode as Read More…

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Emptying the Sahel of transnational terrorists and insurgents

Reading Time: 4 minutes Martin Luther Agwai, retired General, walked briskly on the grounds of the Nigeria Defence College, NDC, like a man with a spring under his heels. At 74, he seemed ready for call up to do battle with enemies of the people. Indeed, on this Thursday, October 20, 2022 morning, he stood before a packed audience Read More…

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Championing rule of law at home and criminality abroad

Reading Time: 4 minutes Only a quarter of the eight million Palestinian people live in Palestine; one million in Gaza, 750,000 in the occupied West Bank and 250,000 inside Israel. The rest, or over six million, are forced to live outside with at least three million of them classified as stateless persons with no legal rights. Yet these Palestinians Read More…

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Smart Europeans, daft Africans

Reading Time: 5 minutes SMART Europeans. After building their wealth from resources taken from the colonies, including gold, diamond, rubber, cocoa, cotton and human beings, they decreed that the only way to prosperity is through ‘market forces’. They taught gullible Africans that only the perfect market delivers, while state intervention stagnates.  They are never in short supply of maladjusted African Read More…