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Terror in Nigeria’s bread basket

A low-intensity war has been raging in north-central Nigeria (aka the Middle Belt) for over a decade. We have written about it on Naijiant, but it has been largely ignored by much of the Nigerian media. The president has failed to comment on the issue. A few days ago, the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, condemned cattle rustlers saying they …

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The Biafran question

The arrest in Nigeria of the UK-based Radio Biafra “director” Nnamdi Kanu has brought to the fore the clamour for a separatist Biafran nation. Radio Biafra has, in recent times, tapped into separatist sentiments among some Igbos, that has been prominent on social media, led to the formation of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra …

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Nasir el-Rufai had to “screen” ministerial nominees

A source has claimed that Nasty Nas el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State and de facto Prime Minister of Nigeria insisted he had to see anyone that was nominated to for ministerial positions in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, before their name was submitted to the Senate for confirmation. Anyone that didn’t get the Nasty Nas seal of approval …

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Different strokes for different crooks

The current plight of two former governors of two oil-rich states in Nigeria makes interesting reading. Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State and now Senate Minority Leader, has had two interviews under caution (some say by invitation, others say by way of arrest) on Friday and Saturday with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The questioning …

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Odion Ighalo – deadly striker with a heart of gold

Odion Ighalo, the Nigeria and Watford striker, has set the English Premier League alight this season. He also scored last week for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Cameroon. He aims his shooting boots against Arsenal this evening. This article is from the Daily Mirror. Watford’s Odion Ighalo discusses his heart of Gold and hopes of reuniting with Arsenal’s …

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Some facts about Kate Osamor, British MP

Kate Osamor, the 47 year old MP for Edmonton in North London, was elected to the UK Parliament in May. She was born in Tottenham and her mother is Nigerian-born activist Martha Osamor. The current edition of Private Eye magazine provided this lowdown on Kate and Martha. In 1989, Martha Osamor won the most local nominations to be Labour’s candidate …

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PDP senators cut deal with Fashola and Fayemi

Senators from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agreed a secret deal with ministerial nominees Babatunde Fashola and Kayode Fayemi to give them a free pass at the confirmation hearings. Fashola and Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governors of Lagos and Ekiti States, were no longer in good terms with their political mentor and APC chieftain …

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