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10 December 2020 Every year an increasing number of Nigerians flee poverty and unrest at home. Now, rich Nigerians are planning their escape too. And they’re taking their money with them. Dapo has spent too long at home in Lagos, Nigeria. Back in October, protests against the SARS police unit kept him from going to his office. “First, we were …

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#EndSARS: From elation to frustration

9 December 2020 For a brief moment in October, it seemed that youthful protesters calling to “abolish” a police force had succeeded. After weeks of mass demonstrations against police brutality, the government agreed to disband a widely hated police unit. This was in Nigeria, not the United States. But the lessons from Nigeria have broad relevance for protesters elsewhere calling for …

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Nigeria: Older people often an invisible casualty in conflict with Boko Haram

8 December 2020 Recent Boko Haram massacre in Borno State exemplifies years of repression and abuse of older people by the armed group Older people are frequently killed in military raids and die disproportionately in unlawful military detention Humanitarian response treats older people as ‘an afterthought’ Older people have suffered in unique ways from the conflict that has raged for …

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US puts Nigeria on religious freedom blacklist with China, Saudi Arabia

7 December 2020 The US has included Nigeria on a blacklist of nations where “systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations” are an issue of concern. The move could pave the way for potential sanctions in the future. The United States on Monday added Nigeria to a blacklist on religious freedoms for the first time. The list also includes countries such as …

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Why has Nigeria failed to defeat Boko Haram?

1 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story looked into why Nigeria has failed to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency that started in 2009. The government has repeatedly stated that it has defeated Boko Haram, but the violence has been on the increase this year. 48 farmers were buried after the attack on rice farmers in Borno State two days ago. …

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Nigeria: President Buhari’s war on Boko Haram ‘far from over’

1 December 2020 Several recent attacks carried out by armed jihadists have dealt a blow to President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to end the Boko Haram insurgency. His government says it is doing its best to protect vulnerable citizens. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari came to power promising to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency and end the insecurity in Nigeria’s restive northeastern region. …

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‘Unrelenting’ insecurity: Nigeria reels after massacre of farmers

30 November 2020 Outrage in Nigeria after dozens of labourers working in rice fields were slaughtered, in latest attack to hit the country’s northeast. Security forces and volunteer vigilante groups in northeastern Nigeria are searching to find people still missing after dozens of civilians working in rice fields were slaughtered by armed men over the weekend. Locals say they recovered …

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