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Nigerian clubs can learn a lot from Boca Juniors

23 December 2020 As I wind down for the Christmas break, I have started watching the documentary series Boca Juniors Confidential on Netflix. It is an “exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Argentina’s legendary club”. Boca is arguably Argentina’s biggest club with millions of fans including Argentines in the Diaspora. They are the current league champions and have won the league 34 …

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How can a food security crisis be avoided in northern Nigeria?

22 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme took a look at the insecurity crippling much of northeast and northwest Nigeria today, with host Mohammed Jamjoom and guests Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria country director at ONE, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty by 2030, Ovigwe Eguegu, a geopolitical analyst at the security think-tank Afripolitika, and firebrand activist Aisha Yesufu, …

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Nigeria’s latest mass kidnapping ‘symptomatic of inadequacies built up over years’

21 December 2020 The mass kidnapping of 344 schoolboys in Nigeria’s north-eastern Katsina State and their subsequent release this week is indicative of the continuing security challenges President Muhammadu Buhari faces in northern Nigeria and the country as a whole, a top Nigeria expert has told RFI.  “The capacity of the state to deal with these problems is questionable sometimes, …

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Nigeria: Vigilantes rescue kidnapped children

20 December 2020 Local vigilantes and police have rescued a group of children who were kidnapped by an armed gang. The release followed a shoot-out in northwestern Nigeria. Vigilantes from a small village in northern Nigeria rescued scores of children who had been abducted while returning from a religious ceremony, police said on Sunday. Armed bandits kidnapped 80 children on Saturday as they were …

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Nigeria: Boko Haram ‘didn’t kidnap’ 344 boys

8 December 2020 Authorities in northern Nigeria have confirmed that bandits — and not Boko Haram Islamists — kidnapped the now-rescued 344 schoolboys a week ago in Kankara. The abduction gripped a nation already incensed by insecurity. The governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, told DW in an exclusive interview on Friday that “bandits and not Boko Haram kidnapped …

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Nigerian schoolboys’ kidnapping claimed by Boko Haram

16 December 2020 Last week’s kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys in northwestern Nigeria has reportedly been claimed by Boko Haram. The jihadi group was behind the abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014. In his voice message, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said his militia was behind Friday’s nighttime kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys, online newspaper The Daily Nigerian reported …

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Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

14 December 2020 Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. Adejuwon Soyinka, from The Conversation Africa, asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science, to assess the situation and how it might affect the country’s ability to manage other equally important diseases. Where …

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