Abacha: The Making of a Saint

  By Sylvester Asoya Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former military dictator is on his way to a crucial vote for sainthood. To many, especially those who remember his evil regime, this is scandalous. After all, a saint is someone known for his or her exceptional measure of holiness, goodness and closeness to God. Abacha was everything but holy or good. He did not even share any enduring likeness with the Almighty, another important requirement for sainthood. But our country is an unusual place where anything is possible. So, in the minds…

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Haunted Over Choice of Religion, Refusal to Accept Traditional Stool in Nigeria, Among Others, Shomide Finds Solace in Canada

The story of 40-year-old Omoyemi Shomide, a Nigerian who is now resident in Canada is that of courage and keeping faith amidst a vicious cycle of bitterness and evil perpetrated by people who are surprisingly well-known to him. Born into a Christian Yoruba family, he is the second child in a family of five made up of three boys and two girls. Relating his predicament, which led him to escape from Nigeria about two years ago so as to have a chance at a life devoid of fear and unrest,…

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PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC Meeting, Confirms Appointment of Ibrahim Gambari as New Chief of Staff

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his Chief of Staff. The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha announced Professor Gambari’s appointment shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, May 13. The meeting was held online with only the president, vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and the SGF in attendance at the Villa. The Daily Bells had reported the appointment of Prof Gambari yesterday, Tuesday. Prof Gambari, a renowned diplomat replaces Late Abba Kyari who died of Covid-19…

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Inside Aso Rock: The Day Abacha Died

By Orji Ogbonnaya Orji Friday June 5, 1998, was a cool bright day. Before we left the Villa, the Press Corps was informed that the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, would be making a brief stop-over at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, enroute Morocco. And he was expected to hold a brief discussion with the General Sani Abacha. We were therefore expected to be at the airport to cover the event on Sunday, June 7. It was a topical assignment in view of Nigeria’s neutral position…

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