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The UK’s House of Lords debates “religious violence” in Nigeria

22 September 2020 The UK’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, yesterday held a debate on the “religious violence” in Nigeria, with several contributors drawing from their experience to attempt to get the UK government to put pressure on the Nigerian government to deal effectively with the problem. Lord Anderson said “it is clearly beyond the capacity, or perhaps …

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UK home secretary Priti Patel’s “priti strange” relationship with company suing Nigeria for $10bn

9 September 2020 British investigative journalism magazine Private Eye has again raised questions about the relationship between UK home secretary, Priti Patel and a company claiming $10bn in damages against the Nigerian government. From the current edition of “The Eye”: ‘If Nigeria want to take part in global markets, it must shape up and honour its obligations’, thundered Priti Patel, …

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A united Africa is a must

25 August 2020 Marcus Garvey was among the first advocates for a united Africa: “Unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own”.  To understand the need for a united Africa requires an understanding of history and the economics of development.  Once, you get this, the …

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Coronavirus poses a threat to Nigeria beyond health – Chatham House panel

22 July 2020 Chatham House hosted a webinar in collaboration with the UK parliament’s the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the implications of coronavirus for Nigeria on Tuesday 21 May. The discussion was chaired by Labour MP for Edmonton and APPG Chair, Kate Osamor, with a panel of experts that included, Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House, Idayat …

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Most Nigerians cannot afford to buy a house

11 May 2020 Al Jazeera reported today that the World Bank says Nigeria needs hundreds of billions of dollars to bridge its housing deficit. The report added that home ownership is at a mere 25%, and Nigerians are finding it harder to buy as incomes fall along with the price of oil, the country’s main earner. See further details in …

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Reporters Without Borders: Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in West Africa for journalists

21 April 2020 The 2020 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which evaluates the situation for journalists each year in 180 countries and territories, was published today, with Nigeria ranking 115th on the index. The report’s section on Nigeria states: Climate of permanent violence Nigeria is now one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists, who are …

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Coronavirus: Trump channels his inner Obasanjo

30 March 2020 Donald Trump means different things to different people. But I never thought I would liken him to a Nigerian ruler or ex-ruler. Until yesterday. Responding in the White House Rose Garden to estimates that 100,000 or more Americans may die from the coronavirus, Trump said: “So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this. …

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Chinua Achebe exposed the emptiness of the argument for restructuring in Nigeria

15 February 2020 Restructuring is all the rage in Nigeria as commentators, politicians and the wider public flounder in search of answers for their country’s continued failure on practically all measures of human development. Last week, Martins Onovo, a former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) responded to a question from the Nigerian Sun newspaper on the “way …

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We’ve raised concerns to Buhari about rising levels of violence in Nigeria – British minister

7 February 2020 Heather Wheeler, the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs minister, said yesterday that: “We regularly raise concerns with the Nigerian Government about the increasing levels of violence. Most recently, the Prime Minister did so during his meeting with President Buhari at the UK-Africa investment summit on 20 January.” Minister Heather Wheeler Wheeler was contributing to a parliamentary debate on …

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