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Obama Speaks on the Imperatives and Challenges of Education

No doubt, education is the equalizer. More than that, it’s a tool that determines the future of every society. Giving the youth the opportunity to acquire that tool is a first step toward securing the future. This and many others are the ideals President Obama speaks unequivocally to American students, echoing all the necessary challenges and steps that societies, and particularly our youth should embrace, to move society forward. I believe there are great lessons youth around the world could take home from this inspiring speech. Continue reading

Infants Need Free Tongue Movement to Distinguish Speech Sounds, Say Scientists

A team of researchers led by Dr Alison Bruderer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, has discovered a direct link between tongue movements of infants and their ability to distinguish speech sounds.

“Until now, research in speech perception development and language acquisition has primarily used the auditory experience as the driving factor. Researchers should actually be looking at babies’ oral-motor movements as well,” said Dr Bruderer, who is the lead author on a study published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 12, 2015. Continue reading

No Justification for the Zaria Killing of Shiite Members

No right-thinking mind can justify the carnage that happened in Zaria, Nigeria last weekend. The action of barricading the road for the Chief of Army Staff’s motorcade was totally wrong, be it by the Shiite members or any group that would dare the authority of the Nigerian Army, but the overzealous response of the army was absolutely ruthless, unlawful and condemnable. Far more ruthless was the insensitivity of some people towards this matter, simply based upon ideological differences and not justice and human compassion. Whosoever you are, justifying and celebrating an unjust killing of humanity is UNGODLY! Continue reading

Adieu, Prof. Tijjani El Miskin

It is difficult to imagine a tragedy at the scale of this year’s HajjStampede occurred without directly or indirectly affecting many. This one affects me, among many others, personally. I lost an irreplaceable mentor, a great scholar per excellence, a quintessence of humility, Professor Tijjani El Miskin. May Allah grant him and the hundreds of martyrs with him Al Jannah ul Firdaus. Continue reading

You never will be at peace when your neighbor is at war

It looks so disturbing what’s happening in the Mediterranean Sea, at the Hungarian train stations or at the Slovakian boarders. Unfortunately, the reality is, these humanitarian crises did not start at any of these unfortunate scenes and so would not end there without long-lasting negative effects across the world. Continue reading

On President Buhari’s new (dis) appointments

While, in my opinion, it’s still too early to attempt to gauge President Buhari’s performance, even so it might not be wrong to pose a comment on his probable dispositions, especially the one that raised so far the loudest outcry across the nation’s media platforms; I’m particularly concerned to see swift changes in the discourse of interlocutors, a disquiet that may likely lay on the line the hard-earned change Nigerians collectively fought for in the last election. Mr. President’s recent appointments, unlike his previous actions that caused inconsequential name-taggings, call for reflection. I decided to comment on these because learning from former President Jonathan’s case, there is no doubt the Hausa axiom says, ‘when you see your brother’s beard is on fire, you should quickly bathrobe yours with some water.’ Continue reading