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Charles Taylor: One man, two wars, one guilty verdict

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•••Charles Taylor judgment reveals selective international justice

On the eve of Sierra Leone’s Independence Day, former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty of war crimes committed during that country’s civil war. But does the verdict represent a major victory for Sierra Leoneans beyond its symbolic value? asks Robtel Neajai Pailey.


How Kano hosted Qadirawa’s 61st Waliyyai Festival

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By Sulaiman Muhammad Ayagi

In an unprecedented display of Islam as a religion of “peace;” there is no occasion, in spite of the fragile security situation in Nigeria, nay northern part of the country where the true meaning of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) message to mankind was demonstrated than penultimate edition of the annual Maukibi celebration commonly known as “Waliyyai festival” by millions of adherents of Qadiriyya Sect in Nigeria, neighboring African countries and far middle east.


Exploiting the dialogue option to end the Boko Haram crisis

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By Sani Adamu

By all accounts, Abdullahi No-Sweat remains one of Nigeria’s most adventurous journalists in history. This is because the 74-year-old veteran journalist had spent a greater part of his productive years in some of the world’s most dangerous spots in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kashmir and Algeria, among others.


Emerging security challenges and Gombe state’s development

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By Iliya Habila

Since its creation over 15 years ago, Gombe state has been a peaceful state with a lot of commercial activities undertaken by the residents. Apart from the agricultural activities of the people of the state, many of the residents are also involved in commerce and trade.


Almajiri Model School: Would it cater for the itinerant?

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Penultimate Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the first Almajiri Integrated Model School in Sokoto with the aim of formalizing the education system of the itinerant students in Qur‘anic schools. However, given the infrastructural facilities and modern equipment put in place in the school many people tend to ask whether the real Almajiri would continue to benefit from the programme. Our reporter in Sokoto, Sadeeq Aliyu takes a look into the future of the school.

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