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There is no such thing as “Igbo interest”, “Yoruba interest”, or “Fulani interest”

18 February 2019 Phrases such “the interests of the Yoruba nation” or “Igbo interest” are common in Nigerian political commentary. Last week Afenifere, described as the “Pan-Yoruba socio-political group”, said in a statement that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo “is working against the interest of the Yoruba”.  The statement was signed by Reuben Fasoranti, Ayo Adebanjo, Olu Falae and Femi Okurounmi.  …

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Nigeria election: Disappointment and anger over poll delay

17 February 2019 The postponement of elections in Nigeria has been a major inconvenience for millions of voters, especially those who have taken long and expensive journeys to cast their ballots. On Saturday, the election commission decided to delay polls for a week, saying it needs more time to ensure a free and fair vote. But there are concerns that …

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Election Related Death Toll Rises to 181 in Nigeria

17 February 2019 The lead up to the 2019 Elections has currently claimed an updated number of 181 persons from October 10, 2018 to 15th February 2019.  This data could be increased by 11 or 66 depending on verification of the lives lost in Kajuru, Kaduna State. There’s a dispute to the nature of what happened and to the number …

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Nigeria: another chaotic election

16 February 2019 Hours before polling stations were set to open, Nigeria’s electoral body announced the postponement of the elections for logistical reasons – a deja-vu moment, writes DW’s Thomas Mösch. The morning of February 16 seems all too familiar. It brings back memories of April 2011 when the electoral commission INEC, called off elections hours after(!) the polls had already opened and …

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Nigeria (s)election postponement: Conspiracy or cock-up?

16 February 2019 Nigeria was scheduled to hold its presidential and national assembly (s)elections today and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) waited until literally the last minute, in the early hours of this morning, to conclude that the voting will be put back by a week. It was the same story four years ago when another election was postponed …

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Four more years!

16 February 2019 Four years ago Naijiant.com was launched to fill a massive gap in Nigerian political and socioeconomic commentary. Many readers have wondered where the name “Naijiant” came from. It was a combo based on the notion that Nigeria is meant to be the “Giant of Africa” and has been producing leadership that has reduced it to the level …

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Buhari has failed to deliver – German TV’s Lagos correspondent

15 February 2019 Nigeria’s President Buhari hopes to be re-elected on Saturday. When he took office four years ago, he made sweeping promises – which he has almost entirely failed to keep, says DW’s Lagos correspondent, Adrian Kriesch. Kano, in Nigeria’s north, in early 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Buhari supporters throng the streets on their way to a rally, …

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Atiku: I have no concrete plan on privatising NNPC

15 February 2019 Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s Nigerian presidential (s)election, spoke to Adrian Kriesch of German public service broadcaster DW, following a rally in his home state of Adamawa. When questioned about his proposal to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), he said he had no “concrete plan”. It is instructive that …

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