Mugabe Overthroned

Zimbabwe’s military appeared to be in control of the country Wednesday as generals denied staging a coup but used state television to vow to target “criminals” close to President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power was dramatically weakened as military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation. “We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said, slowly reading…

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Military To Tackle Badoo

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday identified the Badoo group and other cults as one of the security challenges that Operation Crocodile Smile II would take care of in the South-West. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, insisted that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – like the earlier operations, were not targeted at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals.” Usman said, “Let me tell you. I made reference to…

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Hate Speech and the politics of quit notice

Quick notice has become a current political buzzwords, usually preceded by hate speech, but will Nigeria survive the current impasse? By Uche Mbah Baring last minute hitches resulting from public outcry and possibly international frowns, the Nigerian government is poised to join the league of countries intolerant to criticisms and freedom of expression if they finally ratifies the proposed legislation to criminalize criticism in the name of hate speech. “Hate speech” took center stage in Nigerian lexicon in the after mat of the Biafran agitation, spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu and…

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Igbos exclude their armed forces in their think tanks

By Uche Mbah Early last year, Maitama Sule, the former Nigerian permanent representative to the United nations, made efforts to reach out to the South east on National issues. Through a serving Senator, he requested for an audience with the former Chief of General staff under Ibrahim Babangida, Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe, who he holds in high esteem. Ukiwe was to be the bridge between the Northern and Eastern political divide. At the initial meeting, he requested that there should be five respectable Igbos to meet with respectable Northerners to iron…

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