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Nigerian police open fire on protesters demanding Zakzaky’s release

17 January 2020 Police in the Nigerian capital Abuja have opened fire on demonstrators they demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says five people were injured in the attack. The Tuesday demonstration was also held to condemn a recent statement by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who has said Sheikh …

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Nigeria’s child development crisis is a tragedy

16 January 2020 Investment in health and education and an end to early marriage could transform Africa’s most populous country If you want a window on the condition of children in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, there is no better vantage point than the Katanga health centre in the impoverished northern state of Jigawa. In a hut that passes for a …

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The long shadow of Biafra lingers over Nigeria

14 January 2020 The Biafra War led to the deaths of at least 1-2 million people in just 30 months — many of them children. January 15 marks 50 years since the end of the brutal conflict. The consequences can still be felt today. Uchenna Chikwendu rarely speaks about the Biafra War. The 67-year-old lives in Enugu, the provincial capital …

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