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May 2021

Muiz Banire > 2021 > May

Renewed drug war: The Marwa factor

The recent arrest of a drug baron by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was quite an attention-grabbing piece of news. Amid the clutter of news headlines and talking points of Sunday, May 23, the bust was a major news story. The interception of 36 blocks of cocaine – 27.95 kilogrammes in weight and valued at over N8 billion – and the arrest of the alleged kingpin of the syndicate behind the trafficking, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, by operatives of NDLEA, on Friday, May 14, 2021, was a story that was...

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Nigeria’s security challenge: Thinking out of the box

In the last couple of years, particularly in the last 12 months, the Nigerian leadership has been experimenting, so to say, with the various options of resolving the seemingly intractable security challenges of the nation. The major crisis started sometime in 2012 when a group tagged “Boko Haram” commenced their onslaught on the system. Initially, it was presented as an ideological group primarily against western education, before eventually assuming the status of a terrorist group. It was formed and nurtured then by Mohammed Yusuf that was extra-judicially, and in my view, prematurely (as that might still be his fate) eliminated...

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Political class and Conspiracy of Silence

The security situation in Nigeria has become wholly intractable. What started as an isolated case of insurgency in some parts of Borno State has become a national malaise rapidly expanding and threatening the fragile fabric of the nation called Nigeria. The human losses at present have befuddled our capacity to take records and there is hardly an accurate account of people already consumed by the violence of the men of the gun. Thousands of lives have been snuffed out by Boko Haram bombs and guns in the northeastern parts of the country. Suddenly, the North-West caught the fever of banditry,...

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Time to liberate local government councils

Until of recent when I stumbled on the letter written by Fuad Oki on April 17, 2021, trending in the social media, I had long forgotten about the ‘tumbledown’ called local government councils, (the councils). The reason for my not noticing their existence simply arose from their unimpactful state. Contrary to the rationale for the establishment of local government councils, which essentially is to serve as catalysts for rapid development at the grassroots, the councils have turned out to be a curse to the grassroots people. Rather than being agents of development, councils have largely succeeded in under-developing their areas...

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