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Twitter restricted in Nigeria after government decree

5 June 2021 Suspension comes two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Buhari’s account for violating its rules. Telecoms operators in Nigeria have restricted access to Twitter, a day after the government announced its indefinite suspension for activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension in Africa’s most populous country came two days after the social …

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Nigeria suspends Twitter in the country indefinitely

4 June 2021 Nigeria’s information minister said the platform was being used to “undermine” Nigeria, though gave no examples. The US media giant recently deleted a tweet from Nigeria’s president for being “abusive” toward minorities. Nigeria’s government indefinitely suspended the operations of US social media giant Twitter, according to a statement by Information Minister Lai Mohammed on Friday. He cited “the …

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Nigeria’s northwest region facing humanitarian crisis: MSF warns

3 June 2021 MSF says it has already treated thousands of children for acute malnutrition, measles, malaria and other conditions. Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is stoking a humanitarian crisis, according to international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF). The region has struggled with decades-long communal clashes over resources but more recently some groups …

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Twitter removes Nigerian president’s ‘abusive’ civil war post

2 June 2021 The social media company says the post violated its abusive behaviour policy, leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account. Twitter has removed a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings. The move on Wednesday came as Buhari’s tweet, referring to a civil war in the southeastern …

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Biafran Remembrance Day and fascism

31 May 2021 30 May is meant to commemorate the millions of people who died on the Biafran side during the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970. This year, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the leading separatist group, is remembering war victims over two days, with a candlelit march on Sunday evening and a strict order for people …

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Nigeria’s ‘prosperity gospel’ Pentecostal churches may reinforce inequalities

28 May 2021 Over the past few decades in Nigeria, many millions of people have joined Pentecostal churches, and the most popular brand in recent years is known as the ‘prosperity gospel’. But while these hugely popular churches promise economic as well as spiritual rewards, they are also controversial. Even as their leaders condemn corruption, critics see these churches as …

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Attacks on police in Nigeria could fuel more crime: how to stop them

25 May 2021 There has been a rising wave of attacks on police stations and police officers in some southern states in Nigeria. At the last count, 127 cops had been killed and 25 stations razed in the past five months. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asked sociologist Lanre Ikuteyijo for his view on why this is happening and how the country can …

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Protesters blockade Nigerian highway with burning tires over demand for greater security after kidnappers terrorize region

24 May 2021 Hundreds of protesters descended on Nigeria’s Abuja Kaduna highway on Monday to demand greater security from the federal government in the wake of kidnappings over the weekend in which 15 people were abducted and three killed. Footage circulating on social media showed smoke billowing along the road as tires were set alight, disrupting traffic for hours while …

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Helicopter attack on Nigerian civilians puts British pilot training under fresh scrutiny

13 May 2021 Declassified UK visited villages in Nigeria ruined by indiscriminate air strikes, which killed civilians, levelled marketplaces and hit a school — months after they revealed Nigerian air force pilots were secretly training in the UK. Amnesty International calls for “a major overhaul of the way that military training is regulated” by the UKNigerian lawyers condemn the airstrikes …

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Nigeria’s okada motorcycles have a bad image, but banning them solves nothing

12 May 2021 Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these motorcyclists – popularly known as okada …

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