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Nigeria: Authorities must quash the conviction and death sentence imposed on Kano-based singer

13 August 2020 The authorities of Kano State of Nigeria must immediately quash the conviction and death sentence of Yahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spurious charges of blasphemy by the Kano Upper Shari’a Court, Amnesty International said today.  Yahaya Sharif Aminu, a 22-year old musician, had been charged with blasphemy against the prophet of Islam through series …

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Nigeria’s blasphemy cases in focus

12 August 2020 Two young men have landed on the wrong side of Islamic law via social media. Singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif is facing the noose and atheist Mubarak Bala is detained over blasphemy. How aggressive is Nigeria’s Sharia? Yahaya Aminu Sharif was found guilty of using derogatory expressions against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a song and was sentenced by …

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How young people in the Niger Delta are being left out of development

11 August 2020 Twenty years ago, local resistance arose in the Niger Delta because of the way oil revenue was being shared and how oil pollution was undermining local livelihoods. Young people helped bring development agencies to the region through their activism for social justice. The government eventually created the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to bring development closer to the region in response …

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Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns brutal repression of “Revolution Now” protest

8 August 2020 Below is a statement by the Socialist Party of Nigeria on the attack by Nigerian security forces against protesters in Abuja on Wednesday. The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) sternly condemns the attacks on the democratic rights of the “Revolution Now” protesters by the security operatives on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The protest was organised by activists …

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Letter from Abuja: Malami v Magu

4 August 2020 Nigeria, already Africa’s biggest country, is set to overtake China in the world population stakes by the end of the century, according to a study by The Lancet. The prospect does not seem to rattle our short-sighted politicians, but then nor do more immediate challenges: the escalating coronavirus cases and a crumbling economy. Reassuringly, our leaders have …

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