Analysis & Opinion: Is This The Land Of Our Birth?

By Sunny Awhefeada   Nigeria held great promise for my generation in our childhood, and I must add that it still holds same for me despite our present ordeal! While growing up, Nigeria was the ideal place to be born and be brought up. Although we were born just after the Civil War, we grew up not knowing that a war was fought. The victims of the war put the tragic experience behind them and got sucked in by the ideal and idea of Nigerianism. We grew up in different…

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Analysis & Opinion: When Silence Spoke

By Sunny Awhefeada   An intriguing relationship sustains the deployment of words in different contexts be it serious or banal. What students of structuralism call binary opposition is one depiction of the multiplicity of the tendencies to which words can be subjected. The storehouse of words throws up choices, options or variations from which the user selects to suit his whim in giving words to his thoughts. Silence and speech share the opposite and intriguing tendency which the oeuvre of language epitomizes. Both are opposites and complementary in more ways…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Imam’s Verdict

By Sunny Awhefeada Spiritual leaders owe their societies a sacred duty to act as moral compass. Apolitical as they are supposed to be, they are often compelled to intervene in moments of grave crises which seek to destroy such societies. Spiritual leaders see tomorrow. They draw our attention to pitfalls. They caution and admonish. Above all they suffer discomfort and make sacrifice for the society. Theirs remain an onerous task of social reclamation in the face of assaults occasioned by socio-decadence. Such assaults if not averted often spell doom for…

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Analysis & Opinion: Of Policing And Criminality In Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada   There is something decidedly Nigerian which is deeply rooted in hypocrisy and the inability to admit our foibles until they are pointed out to us by outsiders. Bound to this consciousness is our laid back attitude and tendency to celebrate half measures usually camouflaged as achievements. We are daily pushed away from values which should drive our aspirations and around which a national consensus can be constructed.   The capacity or desire to interrogate issues has taken flight and in its place is a feeling of…

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Analysis & Opinion: Lawless

By Sunny Awhefeada   Not too long ago, I think it was during the regime of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a directive banning the “spraying” of Naira notes in Nigeria. The directive carried with it a string of sanctions that await offenders. Many Nigerians were elated about the directive saying that “yes, sanity is about to be restored to how we handle the Nigerian currency and bring a modicum of decency to parties and allied celebrations”. How wrong were they? The…

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Analysis &Opinion: Zuma Is Not A Nigerian And South Africa Is Not Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada   One recurring thought or query that must be gnawing at the mind of former South African President, Jacob Zuma, now serving jail term, must be why he wasn’t a Nigerian where despite the ridiculous oddities that now encumber his name he would still be addressed as His Excellency! He would be ensconced in a hilltop mansion with countless number of rooms. He would eat amala or pounded yam or tuwo with a generous swamp of his choice soup or just anything that caught the fancy of…

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Analysis & Opinion: Oh, My Kaduna!

By Sunny Awhefeada     Places and people share a strong bond that is almost inexplicable. Memories, whether they hurt or heal, are constituted by events which happen in places as influenced by people. The place of one’s birth and the location where one grew up both enshrine nostalgic feelings that remain imperishable while one sojourns on this side of the vale. Kaduna, Ibadan, Evwreni and the densely forested village of Imobi beyond the River Oluwa in Ondo State remain permanent in my house of memory. I was born in…

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Analysis & Opinion: Nigeria Will Survive

By Sunny Awhefeada,   So much has been said about the idea of Nigerian unity. Some consider it to be unsustainable. Some think it is a fraud. While others think that there is no basis for it. Commentators and agitators are quick to point at other entities that have collapsed in the course of history. They glibly mention Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Yugoslavia and more to justify why they think that Nigeria will go up in blazes. Presently, there is a cacophony of voices advocating for the final…

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Analysis & Opinion: Southern Governors’ Self-Mockery

By Sunny Awhefeada   It has become crystal clear that the euphoria that greeted the meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum which held in Asaba, the capital of Delta State on 11 May was too early or grossly misplaced. The meeting which was attended by 13 out of the 17 governors also had 4 deputy governors representing their bosses. What is now known as the Asaba Declaration containing a 12-point communiqué, which, among other things, focused on insecurity, national dialogue and restructuring, was issued at the end of the meeting.…

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Analysis &Opinion: I Pledge To Nigeria My Country?

  By Sunny Awhefeada   One of the earliest verses any Nigerian child commits to memory is the national pledge. The other one is the national anthem. Both renditions derive from an impassioned patriotism. The composers looked deep into the soul of Nigeria at a time when it was a country if ever it was and deployed the most sublime of tropes in encoding our articles of faith. As children, my generation rolled its tongue rendering both verses in alignment with the idea of Nigeria. Both were compulsory renditions during…

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