Time To End The Bloodletting

No day passes without reports of killings by armed herdsmen. That is not the only worry as horrendous as the act is. What is benumbing is the apparent helplessness of the security agencies. The reports claim that the attacks are carried out at night when the target victims must have dropped their guards and retired for the night. A typical incident took place in Nkiedonwhro village in Plateau State, recently, resulting in the death of over 29 defenceless citizens. This attack happened just as the government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the area. It is one thing to impose a curfew and another to make it effective. Because when there is curfew, the tendency on the part of the people is to assume that if they obey the law, their lives are safe. By extension, it also means that law enforcement officers will be about their duty of...

Bribery As Gold Mine

Nigerians will be shocked to know that bribe giving and taking in the country is such a high-yielding gold mine that attracts very little attention. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is about to change all that as it has just revealed that in one-year alone, a whopping N400 billion illicitly exchanged hands between public officials and the citizens they are employed to serve. What this goes to show is that the war on corruption and corrupt practices has hardly begun. Presently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other sister agencies of government put in place to check such illegalities are focussing attention on politically- exposed Nigerians and other top government functionaries who, directly or indirectly, have access to the public treasury. But what NBS has just told the world is actually that, gratification requested by or voluntarily given to public officials for performing what is, in actual fact,...

Killings By Badoo Cult

When the deadly activities of Badoo cult group became public, we said in an editorial with the above caption that they were dancing the drumbeats of someone powerful, First, a handkerchief soaked in the blood of their victims sold for as much as N100,000. Now a landlord has reportedly confessed that he collected N5 million to point out a particular family that became victims of the attack. Badoo is a group of blood- thirsty scoundrels. We decided to rerun that editorial A ritual cult group that goes by the name Badoo, has been terrorising residents of Ikorodu area of Lagos State and has killed at least 26 people and injured 14 in the last 12 months. The deaths, according to reports, were carried out between June 5, 2016 and June 27, 2017. The modus operandi of the gang is to smash the heads of their victims with rocks or grinding stones while...
By Yushau A. Shuaib In quick contrast to their respective jurisdictions,  they are maverick and young with enormous political powers to determine the fate of their nations and their neighbours. Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North -Korea and Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the Defence Minister and Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia are below the age of 40 with hereditary powers from their fathers who influenced their current positions as world most powerful young leaders. While Jong-Un took over the reign of the leadership of North-Korea after the death of his father, Mohammed Bin Salman, popularly known as MBS was appointed Defence Minister and Crown Prince by his Father King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. The two young leaders are not pursuing known political ideology or religious beliefs in their campaigns to preserve their powers. They nevertheless have various things in common. Since he took over leadership of North-Korea after the demise...
There is no doubt that Borno State and, indeed, the entire North-eastern part of Nigeria has been enjoying relative peace since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated on May 29, 2015. This followed the marching orders he gave to the military high command to move their operational headquarters to the zone so as to deal decisively with the scourge of insurgency that had bedevilled the country. The efficiency with which the order was carried and the sustained effectiveness of the operations are not only remarkable but also have ensured the successful degradation of the Boko Haram insurgents. It is not a surprise then that, in no time, the intensity of incidences of abduction, mass slaughter of unarmed populace and the seizure of parts of the Nigerian territory which were evident in the latter part of the immediate past administration were reduced drastically as the terrorists were thrown into...

The Lady Dies In Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi needs no introduction. No Nobel laureate does. She won that coveted prize for her stand against authoritarianism in her country, Myanmar, for which she was recognised and accepted as the conscience of the nation and the heroine of humanity. This lady had the stature of a moral giant. Unfortunately, she has become a pragmatic politician, with all its negative connotations, who has turned to an apologist for the most grotesque abuses of basic rights inside her own country. Before now, she was universally acclaimed as a champion of human rights and the moral face of Myanmar. That unfortunate country is not new to oppression. As an adult, Suu Kyi experienced first-hand the brutal power of an oppressive state, when she spent 15 years under house arrest. The democracy champion turned politician made her name as an implacable fighter for human rights. She sacrificed her family life, her...

The Fury Of Hurricanes, Storms And Flood

The news is all over the place regarding the pounding the Americas are getting from storms and hurricanes. They come in varying nomenclature- Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricanes Katia and Jose. They mean two things- destruction and death on a scale that will remain unprecedented in history.  It is reported that Texas alone suffered a loss of $125 billion. Moody’s Analytics estimate $97 billion in destruction alone and some $108 billion in total damages counting lost output. All eyes are said to be on Hurricane Irma as it moves toward Florida, but it’s not alone. Jose and Katia are strengthening, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three. Experts claim that this is the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic almost at the time. This is sure to refocus international attention on the issue of climate change or global warming,...

World Refugee Day

The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, could not have captured it better when he said this of refugees, “I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need”.  World Refugee Day, June 20, as an international observance day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2001, June 20 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. However, it must be pointed out that African Refugee Day had been formally celebrated in several countries prior to...

DSS As Whistle-blower

The Directorate of State Services (DSS), has just alleged that the nation’s security and paramilitary agencies are recruiting unqualified persons, cultists and armed robbers into their fold. This, the DSS insisted, had been going on over a period of time and blamed its sustenance for the deteriorating security situation in the country. The Directorate also said that these bad eggs, illicitly recruited into the security agencies, are responsible for the illegal sale of arms to undesirable elements who use same to torment and harass the civil populace. Some of the agencies include Nigerian Custom Service (NCS), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the Police and even the Military itself. We recall that on more than one occasion this year, the Customs had intercepted caches of small arms being imported into the country. On the surface, one may be tempted to exonerate them. But a middle level Customs Service operative in a...
Human Rights Day is an international event celebrated every year to honour the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared in resolution 423(V), and invited all member states and any other interested organisations to celebrate the day as they saw fit. It is in response to this declaration that groups in Nigeria take it upon themselves to address specific areas of concern. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to this end, marked the day with an appeal to the federal government to pay more attention to a series of human rights abuses in the...