The many lessons from the 2016 Ghana elections, by Itodo Samson

One month after the wind of change blew across West Africa’s poster child of democracy, Ghana, her newly elected president, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) has been sworn into office in an atmosphere of jubilation and elegance. It is not surprising that the wind of change that blew across Nigeria and The Gambia More...

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By Bar and Bench On Sunday, January 8th, 2017
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How to pray for our #ChibokGirls in captivity for 1,000 days, by Sesugh Akume

As we all may be aware — barring any miraculous intervention by which our #ChibokGirls would return today — 8 January 2017, will be #Day1000 since schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok were More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, January 8th, 2017
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As in Gambia, as in RCCG?, by Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

The emerging trends of events in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in the past 24 hours, are beginning to give cause for serious concern. Very recently, elections were held in The Gambia and the opposition More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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And the corps members died, by Dele Agekameh

Deaths involving fresh graduates in Nigeria during their national youth service year may not be entirely new. But the recent harvest of deaths at some National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in the More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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The Biafra question beyond Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB, by Majeed Dahiru

Nigeria is in a state of undeclared war with itself. The most populous black nation on earth is fighting on different fronts. From the Boko Haram insurgency to the scourge of marauding Fulani killer herdsmen and More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Why criminal justice system is not working in Nigeria, by Tosin Osasona

‘CHANGE’ did not come to the Nigerian criminal justice system in 2016. The fundamental flaws and defects that have customarily blighted the justice system manifested themselves in 2016 with increased intensity, More...

By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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Educated Aregbesola, the newest oxymoron, by Adeyeye Olorunfemi

At about 2:45 am, I woke up after a very sound round of discussion with my friend to read the most shocking headline of the year 2016. Vanguard News delivered this shock to me in the crudest form, not minding my More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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The death of Nigeria’s civil society, by Godwin Onyeacholem

There was time when Nigerian civil society flourished with inspiring agility and genuine enthusiasm for the public good. That was the period when civil society groups seized the national turf with commanding decisiveness, More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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Genocide: IGP disagrees with CAN over southern Kaduna killings

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has disagreed with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on the number of people killed in the Southern Kaduna crises. The Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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Open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on state of the nation, available options, by Ariyo-Dare Atoye

Dear Mr. President, Your Excellency, with respect and humility, I greet you in the name of Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth, the merciful Lord who granted you the opportunity to be the President of More...