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Using ‘religion’ to explain the crisis in Nigerian society

PLEASE IF YOU ARE NOT USED TO HANDLING “INCONVENIENT EMPIRICAL TRUTHS” DO NOT READ BEYOND HERE FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR EMOTIONAL COMFORT By Professor Samuel Zalanga I lament your situation. In the past fifty years, Nigerians have built millions of churches and mosques . They have trained thousands more imams and pastors. They have […]

UN Health Agency to Provide Support as Drought threatens 1.5 million Somalis

The United Nations Health Agency has recently reported that, less than half of the people in Somalia have access to basic health services, announcing that it is scaling up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food crisis. “Somalia is now at a critical point as a result of this drought […]

Africa needs to trade with itself – here’s how

By Jacqueline Musiitwa   Trade not aid. It’s an idea we hear quite a bit in reference to Africa. Last summer, when Barack Obama addressed the African Union – the first US president to do so – he made sure to bring it up: “So many Africans have told me, we don’t want just aid, we want […]

How Nigeria can ride out its economic storm

By Aubrey Hruby   Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is at a critical juncture in 2016. While the future remains bright for the bellwether of African growth, the next months and years will be characterized by significant turbulence.   After a decade of rapid economic growth that made the country a go-to destination for global capital, […]

President Buhari needs to reach out to the South-South and South-East

By Paul Okolo It’s no secret that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in last year’s election didn’t go down well with the South-South and South-East zones. The people of these parts of the country massively voted for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who eventually lost the ballot. Almost a year into the new administration, the people of the […]

Buhari’s foreign trips: My takeaway

By Babatunde Raji Fashola   In making this public intervention, I seek to highlight the benefit of global relationships and cooperation in a world that is changing daily as a result of globalisation and transborder economics, social and even criminal activities where no one is safe, except all are safe, and to leave the dispassionate […]

Financing our future

By Kemi Adeosun Writing this, my third article on the economy, I’m keenly aware that the question Nigerians want answered is: what is government doing to address our economic challenges? The first thing to state is that there are no quick fixes, but our strategy is clear and the expected outcomes are pretty compelling. Our immediate […]

Kaduna Anti-Preaching Law: A Regulatory Misstep

By Sam Amadi   The proposed Kaduna State law on religion is generating huge controversy. This is to be expected. Any law that tries to regulate the exercise of religion in a society with a deep religious consciousness, like Nigeria, is bound to generate strong disputation. This is more so in an environment of distrust, […]

In his own words on ‘Kaffirs’

Did Gandhi spread racial hatred of Africans? Gandhi was passionately prejudiced towards black Africans, as clearly displayed by his own writings over his 21-year stint in Gandhi’s writings during his 20 years in South Africa. He promoted racial hatred, in theory, and campaigned for racial segregation, in practice. In his newspaper, The Indian Opinion, he frequently […]