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Military ‘not recruiting repentant insurgents’

Our Reporter No de-radicalised Boko Haram member has been enlisted into the military, the Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC), Maj.-Gen Bamidele Shafa, has said. Maj.-Gen. Shafa made the clarification on Thursday in Abuja during a chat with reporters after a visit to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. He said that […]

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Fed Govt: no going back on social media regulation

From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja The Federal Government has said there was no going back on its move to   regulate   social media in the country. As a proof to that, it has contacted the two major social media platforms — Facebook and Google — over the issue. The government cited recent instances of fake […]

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Dipo Kolawole: Portrait of a modern Socrates

By Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu Perhaps the Scripture had had in mind Prof. Dipo Kolawole when it was written of him in Proverb Chapter 22, Verse 29 that “Seeth thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before Kings and not mean men”. I had cause in the early 2000s at a communal reception held […]

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Buhari won’t quit over insecurity, says govt

From Yusuf Alli, Abuja Those calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising insecurity in the country should hold their breath. The President will not resign but will remain in office till the end of his “overwhelming mandate”. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed observed on Thursday that “incendiary and reckless” […]

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Lyon’s deputy: Supreme Court verdict stain on me

From Eric Ikhilae, Sanni Onogu and Jide Orintunsin, Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election in Bayelsa State Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday said the Supreme Court judgment which nullified their victory has damaged his reputation. The party on Thursday filed an application for a reversal of the […]

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South Korea city deserted after coronavirus ‘spreads’ in church

Our Reporter THE streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city were abandoned yesterday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a “super-spreading event” at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most […]

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Houston dispatch

By Olukorede Yishau The first time I flew into Houston, a city in Texas (which is a state in the United States of America), I felt like I was back home in Lagos. Even on this trip and despite the end of summer, I still have the same feeling. From time to time, the sun […]

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‘Amnesty’ plan for repentant Boko Haram members risky

By Sanni Onogu, Precious Igbonwelundu and Robert Egbe A proposal before the Senate for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members has been described as “risky”, although not totally out of place. The Senate on Thursday got a Bill seeking “An agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, […]

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Guy Gargiulo: Departure of a humanist

By Gbenga Omotoso First, a confession: The subject of this article is well known to this reporter. So, dear reader, take it easy, if you feel that there is more than a tinge of subjectivity here. But, I promise to be as conscientious as I have always been. Our first meeting was in September, 1974. […]

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Buhari reiterates support for peace efforts

Our Reporter President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that the Federal Government will continue to support efforts by the Plateau State government towards building a peaceful, prosperous and tolerant society. The president gave the assurance when he received Governor Simon Lalong and other stakeholders from Plateau, at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday. He appealed to […]

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