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Amnesty International highlights the level of official lawlessness in Nigeria

Amnesty International published their 2016/2017 annual report yesterday and the Nigeria section is troubling. It states in the opening part of the section: “The conflict between the military and the armed group Boko Haram continued and generated a humanitarian crisis that affected more than 14 million people. The security forces continued to commit serious human rights violations including extrajudicial executions …

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Nigerian central bank effectively devalues currency in president’s absence

Nigeria’s central bank has effectively devalued its currency for private individuals by allowing dollars to be bought at almost 20% above the normal rate for travel, some school fees, and medical bills. The move has been interpreted as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) testing the water for the possibility of a wider-scale devaluation of the naira. The announcement covers …

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Nigeria and England in tussle over Everton star Ademola Lookman

The 19-year-old has made an instant impact since his £11m January move to Goodison Park Nigeria are stepping up their attempts to prise Ademola Lookman away from England. Forward Lookman, 19, is at the centre of a tug-of-war after making an instant impact since his £11m January move to Everton. London-born Lookman has played for England’s under-19s and 20s but …

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Nigeria’s struggling textile industry

Talba Goni has been trying, without luck, to secure government funds or loans to restart a textile plant in Kaduna, the former industrial heartland in northern Nigeria, that he was running until it closed almost 15 years ago. “We were not able to meet up with those conditions to access the funding. … The bureaucracy, you have to give this, you …

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Rohr aiming to lead Nigeria’s Super Eagles to new heights

Many German coaches such as Otto Pfister, Rudi Gutendorf and Burkhard Ziese have led teams throughout Africa with varying degrees of success. But while the trio represent the old guard of coaches, a new generation has found their way to the continent. FIFA.com spoke exclusively to one of the new breed: Gernot Rohr. When the 63-year-old took over Nigeria in August …

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Nigerians have lost confidence in Buhari and he can’t reverse that loss – UK Parliament paper

A briefing paper prepared for the UK’s House of Commons has highlighted the failures of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, commenting on the state of the country’s security, economy and the president’s health. A summary is reproduced below. This briefing reviews the current political and economic situation in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari. Jump to full report >> Buhari is approaching …

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Nigerian government takes over failing Arik Air

The Nigerian government has taken control of West Africa’s most-used airline after the company began to buckle under the weight of its spiralling debts. Nigeria’s Arik Air was taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), established by the government in 2010, yesterday to prevent the company from going bust. Arik Air, which had the biggest passenger turnover …

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Buhari missing in action

For two weeks, Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s septuagenarian president, has been out of action, receiving medical treatment in London for an undisclosed illness. His absence has sent the rumour mill of Africa’s most populous nation spinning, with frequent erroneous reports that the president is dead. The tragedy for Nigeria is that policymaking has been so ponderous during the 20 months since …

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A critical look at the Southern Kaduna crisis

Dan Azumi moved back home to Sanga in Kaduna in 1994 with his parents. Some of his siblings are married and reside in Fadan Karshi. His late sister, Ande, got married to a Gwandara man and they had five children. According to Dan, his village was attacked by some Fulani who the villagers claimed had a week prior, sent a …

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