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Protesters at UN offices in Tehran urge Zakzaky’s release

6 July 2019 A large group of protesters gathered in front of the United Nations offices in the Iranian capital to demand the immediate release of top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still being kept in government prisons despite suffering from major health issues. During the gathering on Wednesday, Iranian doctors, academics and students called on the …

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Kenneth Omeruo: ‘We are Nigeria. We have to show class’

5 July 2019 The 25-year-old is Chelsea’s longest-serving current player but is ready for a move. First, though, he wants to win the Africa Cup of Nations again Shortly before playing for Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup, Kenneth Omeruo browsed a list of young players to watch at the tournament and discovered his own name, slotted in next to …

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Why Nigeria must get serious about primary school education

5 July 2019 There’s a lot of truth in African proverbs, but there is one African saying that I disagree with. It’s the proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child”. That might have been true 100 years ago, but in the modern world it takes more than a village; it takes a whole country. A village …

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Buhari govt suppressing free speech in Nigeria – Human Rights Watch

3 July 2019 Nigerian authorities appear to be on a renewed drive to muzzle free speech. In early June, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended the broadcast licenses of two subsidiaries of Daar Communications, the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio station, only giving broad and vague reasons. Barely a week later, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) declared …

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Inside Nigeria’s kidnap crisis

3 July 2019 Nigeria is in the grip of a kidnapping epidemic. Thousands of Nigerians have fallen victim, and millions of dollars in ransoms have been paid. But the Intelligence Response Team, led by a man nicknamed “Nigeria’s Super Cop”, are taking the fight to the kidnappers. Is the unit the solution to the Nigeria’s kidnap crisis? BBC Africa’s Kunle …

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