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Nigeria urged to release religious leader amid virus outbreak

12 April 2020 The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has urged the country’s authorities to release its already severely ailing leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky given the risks he faces from continued imprisonment amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The IMN made the plea in a statement addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the local officials in the north-central Kaduna …

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Coronavirus: Mixed messages from Nigeria’s pastors

10 April 2020 Religious leaders have asked their congregations to respect governments’ stay-at-home advice; others are defying it. With Easter coming in a few days, followers are confused and this is risky. Nigeria is home to most of Africa’s mega-churches – you can call it the Vatican for Africa’s televangelists if you like. A federal government lockdown imposed on three …

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Nigeria seeks $6.9bn from lenders to fund coronavirus fight

7 April 2020 Nigeria has more than 200 confirmed coronavirus infections. Nigeria is requesting $6.9bn from multilateral lenders to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa’s biggest economy, the finance minister said on Monday. Nigeria, whose revenues have tumbled with the fall in oil prices, has asked for $3.4bn from the International Monetary Fund, $2.5bn from the World …

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UK toes US line to block looted funds for Nigeria governor

6 April 2020  U.K.’s National Crime Agency opposes Nigeria transfer deal Parties say preliminary settlement talks underway in U.S. The U.K. has joined the U.S. in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to hand nearly $110 million of funds the American authorities say was stolen by late dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The three governments are involved in …

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Lockdown will hit Nigeria’s smallscale entrepreneurs hard

6 April 2020 Nigeria has announced a lockdown of three major states, Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Those that will be affected the hardest will be households that rely on the day to day activities of self-employed individuals for consumption. Lagos is the country’s major economic centre as well as its financial capital. Ogun state borders Lagos state to …

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