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by Obadiah Mailafia Reinhold Niebuhr was one of the most influential theologians and philosophers of the twentieth century. His famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics (Charles Scribner’s Sons 1932), made a huge impact when it was published. His main thesis is that human beings are more prone to …

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by Opeyemi Agbaje Nigeria’s current political and constitutional status quo is clearly and evidently unsustainable and the cries of “marginalization”, “secession”, “true federalism” and “sharia”; as well as abject socio-economic conditions of poverty, unemployment, rural misery and neglect, decrepit infrastructure and urban slums, militancy, insurrection and widespread insecurity being experienced all over Nigeria are symptoms …

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These are by no means the best of times for our country Nigeria. The most dastardly centripetal forces have been arrayed against her. And every effort, including those that are tested and proved efficacious elsewhere, have become impotent.The challenge of poverty, which was one of her biggest enemies, and against which microfinancing and other economic …

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Last Tuesday in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, there was a gathering at the state house of assembly. It was an inquisition into an issue that should ordinarily not throw up any dust. An exercise had been conducted by the state government that threw up a number of very shocking details about government payroll and …

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The reason the letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him not to contest the 2019 election, elicited huge interest was not because of its content, but because of Obasanjo’s stature and his efforts in making Buhari President. Before Obasanjo, many Nigerians had said things weightier than his. But Obasanjo is …

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As the four-year mandate given to the Buhari administration in 2015 draws gradually towards an inglorious end, and the many incalculable prospects of 2019 are throwing up the strangest of political permutations in the polity, it is not imperceptible to conclude that a generous assessment is that the administration has frittered away the sheer goodwill …

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Except they have made up somehow, one would hardly be exaggerating to say there is no love lost between President Muhammadu Buhari and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. It was Babangida who overthrew Buhari in a palace coup on August 27, 1985 and kept him in detention for months. If there has been confusion in the “letters” …

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OLUSOLA FABIYI and TOBI AWORINDE examine the implications of new political realignment as the tussle for elective offices in 2019 draws nearer Gauging the mood of the nation and those of his political sojourners, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his ‘special statement’ some days ago, called for the establishment of a third force, which he …

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About mid-January, hitherto incarcerated opposition leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Merera Gudina, was released by the Ethiopian authorities. More than five hundred dissidents involved in unrests in 2015 and 2016 have also been earmarked for release. The imprisoned ones could be said to be the lucky ones. Others died on the streets at …

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When oil prices begin to rise as they have been doing in the last couple of months, particularly in the last few weeks, my heart begins to palpitate. Last week, oil prices crossed the $70 per barrel landmark in a steady recovery from $28 dollars low it hit in January 2016. Not because I play …

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