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OPEN LETTER TO HON. AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL: PLEASE DO NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Editor's Note: This letter was written by Hamza Ahmad Gudaji, a Portharcourt based legal practitioner. 
Sir, recall that in 2006 former Vice President Atiku Abubakar defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). That move stirred tremendous political excitement across the country but in the final analysis he scored less than 3 million votes in the 2007 presidential election. Your recent political trajectory is traveling the same course as that of Atiku in 2006/2007.
Clearly your defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated positive political current for the opposition party. Your tentative ambition to contest for the presidency is however a negative current, which could render the ultimate objective of taking power from the P.D.P unattainable.
Understandably, the exit of an influential and prominent political office holder (such as yourself) from a failed ruling party will make significant impact across the polity, but this must not be mistaken or misinterpreted…

SOVEREIGNTY 101: A CRASH COURSE FOR THE TERRITORIALLY UNCONCERNED

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(Map showing at least 16 towns and villages in the northeast controlled by Boko Haram. Photo Credit: Stratfor)

“In today’s news, the Nigerian Army acting under the instruction of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has deployed troops to immediately take back towns captured by Boko Haram and re-establish the authority of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It will be recalled that some towns and local governments in the North East were captured by the terrorist group and were declared a part of their Caliphate.” The above statement is what is expected of a rational government in an ideal society. However, as Nigeria is anything but an ideal society with a rational government, we thus find ourselves in the quandary that has become our current reality. With towns and villages falling under the control of Boko Haram like bowling pins while the government focuses its attention solely on the forthcoming 2015 elections, I find it highly expedient to offer our leaders and c…

CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Samirah I. Tahir, a concerned Nigerian civil servant and a member of the #BringBackOurGirls family. This is a transcript of a talk she delivered at a daily sit out of the #BringBackOurGirls family in Abuja. During our daily sit outs at the Unity Fountain, I was moved by the way Christians and Muslims came together during the prayer sessions for our global week of action. Muslims were around to support the Christian service on Sunday and Christians did the same on Friday for Muslims. It showed that there was no telling what we could achieve if we were to put aside our religious differences, come together and focus on our humanity. This thought lingered on my mind throughout the weekend till Monday when I came across a document, which I’d seen before: Prophet Muhammad’s Charter of Privileges to Christians (Letter to the monks of Saint Catherine Monastery).
(This is a Charter of Privileges Prophet Muhammad (SAW) granted to the monks of St. Cat…