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Nigeria’s electoral system is still broken. Here’s a list of what’s urgent

10 May 2021 The chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, was sworn in for a second term nearly six months ago. His second term will be defined by how much he’s able to improve the integrity of the country’s election system. Yakubu faces an uphill task. Complaints that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission can’t deliver free and fair polls have been …

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Nigeria’s President Buhari under fire because of growing security concerns

9 May 2021 Security challenges in Nigeria have sparked anger and calls for President Buhari to step down or be removed from office. Analysts say disgruntled military members and politicians want to overthrow the president. Nigeria’s secret police say they have uncovered a plot to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office. According to the investigators, disgruntled politicians and religious leaders …

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Another day of violence across Nigeria

30 April 2021 Deepening insecurity requires urgent response to protect civilians As I went about my day on Monday of this week catching up on the happenings in Nigeria, I was struck by the number of violent incidents reported across the country in just 24 hours.   I began in the morning following up on reports of attacks by Boko Haram’s splinter …

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Who owns the Benin bronzes?

29 April 2021 In 1897, British troops looted thousands of bronze sculptures and artefacts from the African Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day southern Nigeria. Bronze plaques, masks and other objects have over the years scattered around the world, ending up in Western museums or sold to private collectors. Generations later – and facing a global movement to address racial …

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Lessons from Igbo trans-generational entrepreneurship: Why it matters

26 April 2021 The Igbos are one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups in a country of about 200 million. Based in Southeast Nigeria, this industrious and acephalous group has attracted a lot of attention from research in recent years. Most of it has focused on the success of Igbos in artisanal enterprise and informal training. Now their apprenticeship system has become a …

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Nigeria has a new police chief. Here’s an agenda for him

19 April 2021 The appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as Nigeria’s acting Inspector General of Police on April 6, 2021 brought a kind of closure to calls for reform of the Nigerian security architecture. It was applauded in some quarters. The main demand was to replace the heads of security services to infuse new blood into the fight against various forms of insecurity, including banditry and kidnappings. The …

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Tens of thousands flee attacks on northeast Nigerian town: UN

16 April 2021 UN says tens of thousands have fled a series of attacks this week by an armed group on the town of Damasak, Borno state. As many as 65,000 people have fled the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak following a series of attacks by an armed group, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Fighters from the so-called …

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Pandemic underscores flaws in Nigeria’s farming and food supply chains

15 April 2021 During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban slums. The project was launched because food was not available and accessible to millions of people in Africa’s most populous city. Given my background in agricultural innovation, I set about trying to understand why the supply of food was …

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Nigeria: 7 years after Chibok mass abduction, still no solution

14 April 2021 A string of mass kidnappings has resulted in the closure of 600 schools, Amnesty says, calling on the gov’t to hold perpetrators to account. Seven years after the abduction of 279 girls from a government school in northern Nigeria, authorities have failed to find a strategy to protect schoolchildren and their right to education, according to a human …

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