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DR. ADADEVOH MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN!

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 (Photo credit: The Cable/Chidi Odinkalu)
On the 21st of July, 2014 when Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh and nurse Justina Obi Ejelonu of First Consultants Hospital, Obalende, Lagos confirmed that Patrick Sawyer was indeed suffering from the Ebola virus, they had the option - as has become normal nowadays - of doing things the "Nigerian way." They could have quietly snuck out of the hospital and run for the hills to avoid becoming infected or they could have done as Patrick Sawyer had requested and discharge him to continue along his merry way so as to save their hospital from further contamination and the economic loss that could have resulted from its closure. 
They did neither. These remarkable ladies along with other brave nursing staff followed the ethics and procedure of their profession to a tee. They immediately had him isolated and quarantined, they set up barrier nursing and informed the relevant health authorities of their diagnosis. In fact it was reported that Dr. Adade…

HEARTS ILL AT EASE

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Editor's Note: This poem was written by Aliyu Ibrahim, an Abuja based political/public affairs analyst, poet and writer.


100 days
Plus 30 more
They lied to us
They lie to us
Bring Back Our Girls
Or be gone yourself #BringBackOurGirls 
Is all we want. 
Their only sin
To want a life
Better than most
An educated soul
That right denied 
Replaced with pain
They took our girls
HE failed our gals. 

All they wanted
Was to school in peace
On a moonless night
They crept inside
They failed our girls
THEY took our girls.
#BringBackOurGirls

I wish I had
A magic wand
To wave and wish
A happy dream
To return in whole
Our stolen girls.
To #BringBackOurGirls safe & sound. 

So close
Yet so far
They took our girls
They broke our heart
The devils guest
Longing for home
To be with us
To be whole again.

A world gone cold
Despair dark & whole
A shiver streaks across
A mind wandering lost
To find girls stolen & gone
In chibok life stands still. 

A mothers wail
A fathers scowl
Life torn apart
Comfort a forgotten thot
I yearn to see
The day my…

5 SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE MILITARY'S BOKO HARAM AND ECOMOG OPERATIONS

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Mukhtar Usman-Janguza: A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com
For the referenced version of this article, click here It is time we stop using the ECOMOG operations as the paradigm case of the military’s combat effectiveness – because they were not!
Soldiers in a military ceremony to honour war heroes (Reuters)
In an earlier article I assessed the claim, often made by our military and political elite, that the Nigerian military “brought peace to Liberia and Sierra-Leone”. In this post, I will outline what I believe to be five compelling similarities between the military’s ECOMOG operations in Liberia and Sierra-Leone, and its prosecution of the current war against Boko Haram.

1.Supply Shortages and Obsolete Weaponry

Footage from Boko Haram’s assault on Giwa barracks, which they filmed. The terrorist sect almost overran the barracks because a crucial but aging weapon system guardin…

DID THE NIGERIAN ARMY ACTUALLY SUCCEED IN ENDING THE LIBERIAN AND SIERRA-LEONEAN CIVIL WARS?

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Mukhtar Usman-Janguza: A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com
For the referenced version of this article, click here.Just how true is the often heard claim that the Nigerian army brought peace to Liberia and Sierra-Leone?
Soldiers stand guard during a military ceremony to honour war heroes (Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)
Boko Haram’s five-year long insurgency shows no sign of abating. With the group now seemingly capable of seizing and holding territory, questions over the military’s competence have grown louder. To rescue the army’s wounded pride our military and political leaders often point to what they claim is the army’s “stellar credentials” in bringing peace to war ravaged countries. The ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra-Leone in the 1990s, which the Nigerian military led, is often presented as the prime exemplar of the army’s competence in combat. I’ve lost count …