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Biafra and the Biafran Narratives
The most common Biafran narrative among non- Igbos is
that of a people who tried to secede from Nigeria. This is a fact of
history. But it is also a narrative that is cast in the simplistic
binary of the ‘good guys’ versus the ‘bad guys’. Since history is
usually written from the perspective of the winners, the ‘good guys’ in
this narrative are those who were on the federal side while the ‘bad
guys’ are those who were on the Biafran side.
America's Leahy Law And Its Hypocrisy.
Even before President Buhari's visit to
Washington last week, it was apparent that Nigeria was at the mercy of
the law authored by the ranking Senator Patrick Joseph Leahy, which
prohibits the sale of American military hardware to nations whose forces
are alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses in various
theatres of operation across the world. That means that at a critical
moment in our history, the defence of our dear nations are to be
determined by factors beyond our direct control. We must go on bent
knees before prospective weapons suppliers for the critical arms
required to defend ourselves. It is a collective national tragedy. It is
a price we are compelled to pay for the criminal neglect of our military
industrial complex by successive regimes for more than five decades.
Can We Be Great Again?
Mustapha Ismail Alhassan
In my observation, it is simple we have committed all
seven of the social sins postulated by Gandhi, and we are left
behind by nations of the world, just recently Nigeria was placed in
the 110th position out of the 143 countries polled in the Global
Innovation Index report released in Sydney, Australia. Switzerland,
the United Kingdom and Sweden topped this year’s Global Innovation
There are many idle ‘professionals’ in the eco-system
that have raised hyperbole and jargon to the level of an art – it is
better to confuse the audience than to admit ignorance. These idle
people try to provide explanation and a way out for this ‘mutual
death wish’ situation. Like the Ajino Moto Economists of the
last two decades, these ‘professionals’, are essentially bystanders
with no commercial or intellectual engagement with the market. Details
Basketmouth, Fela Durotoye, Funmi Iyanda, Others Deserve National
By Kofoworola Ayodeji
Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was recently honoured by the
United States Congress for his huge contributions to music and
political activism ynaija.com/afrobeat-legend-fela-kuti-us-congress/.
I received the news with mixed feelings— excitement on one end and
anger on the other. I was excited because the music legend was
remembered and recognised even years after his death— that’s superb!
But again, I was heart-broken that Nigeria as a country does not admire
and celebrate her own sons and daughters (both young and old) who have
demonstrated uncommon excellence in their areas of interest.