Buratai: Nigerian Army’s symbol of discipline

Lt. Gen. Buratai,  Nigeria Army chief By Nkechi Odoma The office of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is powerful anywhere by every yardstick of perception. The occupant of the exalted office, and in the case of Nigeria now, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai who wears a second heavier badge as leader, counter- insurgency operations is an influential personality by all standards. As Nigeria’s number one soldier, the COAS wields enormous powers both within and outside military circles. And in the age of perennial and festering insurgency in Nigeria, Gen.…

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Buhari’s decision that changed Boko Haram narrative

President Buhari By David Onmeje A South African adage says;” Even an ant can hurt an elephant.” So, on May 29, 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari took the oath of office as Nigeria’s democratic leader, it was clear, his first, second and third immediate priorities centered on ending Boko Haram terrorism. It was not controvertable even to the blind that Boko Haram had repressed Nigeria and it’s security forces in conquerors might. Buhari’s first official action was to order the Security Chiefs he inherited from the preceding administration to take…

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Buhari’s populism and the State of The Nation

Nigeria’s President Buhari By Ayo Obaju “Look at our collapsing public utilities; our inefficient and wasteful parastatals and state- owned companies…if you want electricity, you buy your own generator;  if you want water, you sink your own borehole; if you want to travel, you set up your own airline. One day soon, said a friend of mine, you will have to build your own Post Office to send your letters.”—Chinua Achebe (1983) Nobody is persuaded to love him neither would anyone be induced to hate him. But President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Memo to joint Army/Police panel on Taraba IRT deaths

Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai By Babatunde Olanrewaju The Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) set up a joint investigation panel to unravel circumstances leading to the death of three members of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the police, which President Buhari subsequently asked the Defence Headquarters to take over. It is noteworthy that the evidence needed to get to the root of this matter is being contaminated even as this piece is being written. Interestingly, the contamination is not taking place at the…

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Appreciating the elasticity limit of the Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Buratai By Frank Itodo In the annals of the Nigerian Army, it has never been this tough. The crisis in North-East Nigeria is taking its toll, and this calls for concern from all critical stakeholders. That we have managed to stay secured remains a mystery because the Nigerian Army has been stretched thin in the task of ensuring that Nigeria’s territory is preserved from eternal aggression and also ensuring that every Nigerian is free to go about his or her endeavours without fear. This didn’t…

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Timi Frank’s ineffectual revisionism

Timi Frank By Oluwakemi Iyiola One way to know a struggling publication or one seeking relevance is the tendency to feature one Timi Frank, presently posturing as an activists but prior to was roaming the media landscape with the expired designation of “former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”until it became apparent that this particular designation no longer sell. One fair disclosure that must be made is that the designation did not at any time amount to much since Frank got the job chiefly because the…

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Internal security and understanding the role of the armed forces

Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu By Gabriel Giwa The security architecture in Nigeria has been questioned in recent times. In some quarters, questions have been raised as regards the constitutional role of the Nigerian Police as well as that of the Nigerian Army. They have also questioned the involvement of the Nigerian Army in enforcing law and order in the society as against its constitutional role of protecting the territorial integrity of the country from external aggression. I have looked at the involvement of the Nigerian Army in internal…

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Nigeria/ Bangladesh military partnership as a vista in the war against terror

Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai By David Onmeje In Nigeria, the war against insurgency gathered momentum since the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. In some quarters, it was stated that the appointment of Service Chiefs indeed contributed to the way and manner Nigeria was able to confront the Boko Haram Insurgents that occupied several swathes of land in North-East Nigeria and over 16 local government areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. It has been stated in numerous forums that the Chief…

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Toni Morrison: farewell to America’s greatest writer – we all owe her so much

Toni Morrison pictured in 1982. Photograph: Reg Innell/Toronto Public Library Booker nominated author Chigozie Obioma reflects on losing a ‘literary mother’ and her encouragement for generations of black and African writers to come. It was with a heavy heart that I woke up, like many, to the news of the passing of the great African American writer Toni Morrison. As I have mourned and digested the news, my reaction has slowly gone from shock to dismay, then to a sense of inchoate peace. If we judge being old as a…

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Revolutions and Africa’s lessons from Nigeria

By Adekunle Adeniyi “You never change things by fighting existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” –Buckminster Fuller, activist, change campaigner.” I least expected that Monday August 5, 2019 would eclipse this quietly. The anxiety and phobia of the citizenry heightened at dawn as they patiently waited to catch a glimpse of “revolutionalists” protests in Nigeria. The feeble voices of a revolution in Nigeria, backed by it’s “lone” initiator/convener, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, best described as a pseudo activist, whether of human rights; democratic…

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