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Over 2m children go hungry in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria: NGO

6 August 2021 Save the Children says 700,000 children under five are among the 2.3 million children affected by crisis. At least 2.3 million children and youth are going hungry in northeastern Nigeria where escalating violence has forced farmers to flee their fields and put the region on the brink of critical food shortages, humanitarian groups have warned. Nigerian security …

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What studying history at school can do for Nigerians

6 August 2021 History was removed from the Nigerian school curriculum in 2009 – supposedly because students avoided the subject, graduates didn’t have job prospects and teachers were scarce. But Nigerians weren’t happy with the decision and it has now been reversed. The government has directed that history should be taught as a standalone subject from the 2020/21 academic session. The Conversation Africa’s Wale …

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Nigeria: Covid-19 impact worsens hunger in Lagos

29 July 2021 Inadequate support highlights need for expanded social security system The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the plight of families living in poverty in Lagos State, Nigeria and left many people struggling to afford food and meet other basic needs.Survey data shows federal and state government support, including cash transfers and food assistance, reached only …

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Nigeria cracks down on separatists as security issues mount in the north

22 July 2021 The arrest of another separatist activist wanted by Nigeria sends a clear message that President Buhari won’t tolerate secessionist aspirations. But critics say there’s much more at play than just arresting figureheads. Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, known popularly in Nigeria as Sunday Igboho, was arrested in neighboring Benin on Monday evening, according to media reports. He …

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What drives the Indigenous People of Biafra’s relentless efforts for secession

16 July 2021 In late June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was rearrested. He was first arrested back in October 2015 for treasonable felony as well as disturbing the peace and violations of human rights. He jumped bail and fled Nigeria in 2017. Kanu’s rearrest was greeted with euphoria in government circles. This is because he has established himself …

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Lessons from the treatment of England’s black players

13 July 2021 England lost to Italy in the final of the European Championships on Sunday via a penalty shootout, with 19 year old Bukayo Saka missing the crucial last penalty kick. Coincidentally, all three penalty misses by England were from black players – Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. But Saka is of interest to our Nigerian readers because …

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Wole Soyinka: Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped

7 July 2021 Wole Soyinka spoke to the BBC about the recent abduction of Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu calling it a “kidnap”. The Nobel Prize in Literature winner predicted that there would be an outcry when the truth about how Kanu was captured is revealed. Kanu was reportedly based in the United Kingdom and had a British passport, while leading …

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Nigeria’s decision to ban Twitter has no legal basis. Here’s why

25 June 2021 In early June, the Nigerian government announced that it had banned the use of Twitter in the country. This followed the media platform’s decision to delete a tweet by the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on the grounds that it violated the platform’s rules. The Attorney General of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, vowed to prosecute violators of the ban, a threat that …

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