VERITATEM with Obadiah Mailafia – Tribune Online https://tribuneonlineng.com Breaking News in Nigeria Today Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:02:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://tribuneonlineng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/logo.jpg VERITATEM with Obadiah Mailafia – Tribune Online https://tribuneonlineng.com 32 32 118125416 A conversation with Chief Obafemi Awolowo https://tribuneonlineng.com/a-conversation-with-chief-obafemi-awolowo/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 02:00:42 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=295873 Tribune Online
A conversation with Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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Chief, you are looking resplendent in your heavenly regalia. The aura around you is radiant and glorious. I am overwhelmed sir! Smiling triumphantly, the avatar replies: “Well, thank you very much for your kind compliments. But my appearance should not surprise you. Jesus told the Apostles that in His Father’s house there are many mansions; […]

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Emeka’s haunting elegy of childhood in Biafra https://tribuneonlineng.com/emekas-haunting-elegy-of-childhood-in-biafra/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:04:59 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=293263 Tribune Online
Emeka’s haunting elegy of childhood in Biafra

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In response to a piece I did on  the war drums that seem to be engulfing our collective psyche today, one of my gentle readers, Nnaemeka Nnolim,businessman and media executive, sent me the manuscript of a book he is writing on recollections of childhood in Biafra. With his full permission, I extracted some excerpts from […]

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One step forward, three steps backwards https://tribuneonlineng.com/one-step-forward-three-steps-backwards/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 02:23:14 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=290640 Tribune Online
One step forward, three steps backwards

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The Nigerian economy is a series of paradoxes. In the first place, we are a very wealthy nation in terms of natural resource endowment. We in fact have an embarrassment of riches. And yet, we are the poverty capital of the world. In 2017, Nigeria overtook India as the world capital of poverty. The poor […]

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Britain and the New Scramble for Africa https://tribuneonlineng.com/britain-and-the-new-scramble-for-africa/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 02:15:45 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=288033 Tribune Online
Britain and the New Scramble for Africa

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Let me place my cards on the table: I have always been partial towards Britain. Apart from my Nigeria, it is the only other place I can call “home”.  Sadly, we would never forget that the British colonialists wilfully left behind a lopsided federal contraption that was inevitably to lead to a civil war that […]

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The leopard and the golden calf https://tribuneonlineng.com/the-leopard-and-the-golden-calf/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:18:18 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=285704 Tribune Online
The leopard and the golden calf

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According to my own calculations, the 6 core Yoruba States of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Oyo have a total GDP of US$80 billion, which, out of a total national GDP of US$446 billion, constitutes about 20 percent of our national wealth. The bulk of VAT revenues come from those States and most are […]

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The angel of history and the ghost of Biafra https://tribuneonlineng.com/the-angel-of-history-and-the-ghost-of-biafra/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 02:55:15 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=283314 Tribune Online
The angel of history and the ghost of Biafra

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Thursday 15 January marks 50 years to the day when our tragic civil war was formally ended. That was the day that Colonel Philip Effiong and his men brought the articles of surrender to Yakubu Gowon at Dodan Barracks, Lagos. Gowon famously declared that there were“no victor, no vanquished”. It feels rather spooky that January […]

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France’s currency war in West Africa https://tribuneonlineng.com/frances-currency-war-in-west-africa/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 02:13:32 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=281080 Tribune Online
France’s currency war in West Africa

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On Saturday 21 December,French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ivoirian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, announced a package of “historic reforms” of the 70-year CFA monetary Zone. Macron explained that the reforms were part of an effort to reposition the partnership between France and Africa that is too often perceived “in terms of domination and the trappings […]

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Borders and economic security https://tribuneonlineng.com/borders-and-economic-security/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 02:43:07 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=279575 Tribune Online
Borders and economic security

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British wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill famously noted that, “you do not negotiate borders – you defend them”. Borders are the hallmarks of a sovereign state. The ability to defend them is one of the defining requirements of statehood. The current system of territorial states began in continental Europe,with the Treaty of  Westphalia, 1648 […]

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Religion and Freedom https://tribuneonlineng.com/religion-and-freedom/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 02:29:30 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=278196 Tribune Online
Religion and Freedom

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The Trump administration recently placed Nigeria on a special Watch List of countries where religious freedom has been grossly violated. The list includes Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Nigeria has been described as perhaps “the most dangerous place in which to be a Christian”. Media black-out and self-censorship […]

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The Economic Consequences of The Peace https://tribuneonlineng.com/the-economic-consequences-of-the-peace/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 02:31:00 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=275979 Tribune Online
The Economic Consequences of The Peace

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The 20th century began in Sarajevo. The 21st century also began in Sarajevo. On a sunny summer day on June 28, 1914 a Serb nationalist fanatic, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg whilst on a state visit to the city. That singular event triggered […]

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