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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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US Senator Ben Cardin slams Buhari regime, urges Trump not to sell them weapons

Senator Ben Cardin of the Democratic Party, representing Maryland, said on the floor of the Senate on Thursday that the the appalling human rights record of the Nigerian military should deter the new Donald Trump administration from selling fighter planes to Nigeria. President Trump spoke to President Muhammadu Buhari on the phone on Monday last week and according to the White …

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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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An introduction to Boko Haram’s ideologues: From Yusuf to Shekau

By the time Muhammad Yusuf became leader of Boko Haram in 2003 he was already entrenched in the Islamic activism of the region. Born in January 1970 in Jakusko, Yobe state, Yusuf dropped out of school and received Islamic education from his father and other prominent Islamic teachers in Nigeria, Chad and Niger. In the 1990s he was a member …

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Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?

Every week, there are more massacres, but nobody seems to mind — not even their own government Another day in northern Nigeria, another Christian village reeling from an attack by the Muslim Fulani herdsmen who used to be their neighbours — and who are now cleansing them from the area. The locals daren’t collect the freshest bodies. Some who tried …

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British MP accuses Buhari of reluctance to respond to violence against Christians

Jim Shannon, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP for Strangford in Northern Ireland, said yesterday (25 January) in a parliamentary debate in Westminster that Buhari does not want to act in cases of violence against Christians in Nigeria. The debate was about UK relations with West African countries and Shannon said: “There have been small successes since Muhammadu Buhari became president …

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Call for Nigeria military chief to stop intimidating press

Nigeria’s army chief must stop intimidating a news website and drop defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Its statement comes after plainclothes police on Thursday detained Premium Times’ publisher Dapo Olorunyomi and reporter Evelyn Okakwu for several hours, acting on a criminal complaint filed by chief of army staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. They were released on …

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