Loud wailings of a distressed populations, devastated by years of Boko Haram insurgency pierced the serenity of Aso Rock, the seat of Nigeria’s Presidency. Nigerians displaced by the fire of insurgents beseeched Heavens in piteous supplications. The Armies stood in defenselessness, untrained, unarmed and dodgy in battling the menacing...
One man can induce rippling change in a system. One man can stop illegal detention, arrests, and govern the impulse to clamp down on free speech and citizens’ rights. One man can rebuild relationships and cause harmony to exist among disparate peoples. That man is the president; If only...
A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has frowned at the comment by a northern leader and a Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed on the South-East part of the country clamour for 2023 presidency. Mohammed was said to have in one of his media interviews said that the North would rather...
“I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles, and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.” – Giuseppe Garibaldi The urge to serve one’s fatherland is innate and springs from an...
Some Nigerians are a hypocritical lot, including those who occupy exalted and influential leadership positions. Most times, when you listen to them, the impression which assails the mind defiantly replays images of weak leadership persona. Some days back, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the anti-insurgency...
By Ademola Adegbamigbe In recent times, two individuals dominated public discourse pertaining to the war by other means against Boko Haram: Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State. They advocated the involvement of Muslim clerics in the war against Boko Haram. While...
When recently, I heard a member of the Nigerian Senate asking what the Service Chiefs have done these years on ending Boko Haram,  I knew immediately that there is another set of people that have been ignored in our hall of fame. It became clear to me, our politicians...
Last week, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, raised a lot of eyebrows when he advocated the use of prayers and “spiritual warfare” in the war against terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP). Interestingly enough, “spiritual warfare” was not...
Last week, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, raised a lot of eyebrows when he advocated the use of prayers and “spiritual warfare” in the war against terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP). Interestingly enough, “spiritual warfare” was not...
Last series, we discussed the controversial 1953 self-government motion which almost led to northern secession from Nigeria. Today, we’ll look at what drove the politics of the late 1950s. For most of 1955 and 1956, Nigeria’s leaders focused on preparing for the upcoming 1957 constitutional conference scheduled to discuss the...