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A day with Fukuyama (II)

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By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde



However, immediately after the departure of   the British from Nigeria, for example, as in all other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the ‘fictive kinship’ of the anthropologist overtook national interest, leading to civil wars in many countries, many of which are still claiming lives unabated. One would need some thinking before counting 15 African countries


Lessons from the 2011 general elections

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By Dr. Bukar Usman


The April 2011 general   elections, in spite of       the hiccups, should be acclaimed as a step forward in the nation’s march towards roundly free and fair elections. The NLC described it as arguably about the best the nation has had since independence. The US, which also applauded it as being better than that of the 2007,


Boko Haram and the military: A dialogue of bombs and bullets

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By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

Events during the last fortnight have disproved the assurance given by the Chief of Army Staff that the military will soon end the Boko Haram insurrection in the Northern part of the country. The group went about its activities in complete disregard to his words. It escalated its attacks unimpeded, leaving the nation in the safety of generals whose superficial measures depict the incapacity of the nation's security apparatus to execute its most fundamental duty.


Nigerian bishops and Islamic banking, plus the missing link

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By Aliyu U. Tilde

I will not be surprised if this essay is short in the end because honestly there is little to add to the blind statements circulated daily around the country in the name of ‘debate’ about ‘Islamic’ banking, which the country, we are told, must ditch for the sake of its ‘unity’. The whole wahala about Islamic banking is mounted on the defective tripod of debate, Islam and unity, which are poorly joined by the clandestine glue of self-interest.


Life under curfew

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From Lawal Sadiq Sanusi, Kaduna

I marked my first anniversary in Kaduna in early June as the head of the Peoples Daily bureau in the state.
However, of all the days I spent in Kaduna in the past one year, the most difficult were the last seven weeks, beginning from the day the post presidential election violence erupted in Kaduna and later spread to other parts of the country.

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