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Nigeria’s refugee crisis

Nigeria has a serious internal refugee crisis in the northeast as as a result of the conflict with Boko Haram. The Financial Times looks at the problem in this report. November 12, 2015 Echoes of Europe’s refugee crisis in north Nigeria Maggie Fick Chaotic influx of people fleeing war shows the best and worst of humanity, writes Maggie Fick The …

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Pro-Biafran activists submit petition at 10 Downing St

Members of the separatist Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday submitted a petition at 10 Downing Street, London, the official residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron. The petition called for the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested by Nigerian security officials in a Lagos hotel on 17 October and has not been charged. A demonstration by …

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Nigerians making noise about “noisemakers”

President Muhammadu Buhari infamously described ministers as “noisemakers” in an interview with a French channel in September. The president was then trying to explain the delay in appointing ministers and suggested the real work was done by civil servants and not the “noisemakers”. He eventually named his ministers and this week they were assigned portfolios. This has kicked off a …

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Pro-Biafrans protest at Downing Street, London

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) staged a demonstration today in front of Downing Street, London, near the official residence of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The protesters demanded the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained in Nigeria since he was arrested in Lagos on 17 October. They also chanted for “freedom” of Biafra from Nigeria. …

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Is Michael Emenalo about to lose his job at Chelsea?

Chelsea’s poor form this season has increased speculation that coach Jose Mourinho is about to get sacked by owner Roman Abramovich. But Chelsea’s Nigerian technical director Michael Emenalo is also in danger of losing his job. The former Enugu Rangers left back could be blamed for the poor quality of players signed this season and the shortage of talent breaking …

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Foreign minister Onyeama celebrates appointment

Nigeria’s new foreign minister Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama celebrated his elevation into President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet yesterday at the Hilton in Abuja. Onyeama, a Cambridge-trained lawyer from Eke in Enugu State, was joined by friends, family and well-wishers at the gathering after being sworn in as Nigeria’s top diplomat. Interestingly, also at the party was Osita Okechukwu aka “High Number”, who …

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Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century

Waterstones Bookshop in Trafalgar Square London was the venue for the book launch for Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne on 11 November. The author is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University and Secretary to the Ramphal Institute, London. He is also a former journalist for the UK’s Guardian …

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Nnamdi Kanu in high spirits despite detention

The pro-Biafran activist and leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of Nigerian security agents since 17 October, is said to be held in comfortable conditions. A statement by his supporters who visited Kanu which was sent out by the editor of the “Eastern Pilot Biafra” claims that their “Supreme Leader” …

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Better to die in Agadez than go back to Nigeria

Many West Africans, including Nigerians, risk their lives fleeing poverty and deprivation to try to get to Europe. For many, the journey involves a perilous trek across the Sahara. This article originally published in the Guardian follows them on the road to Agadez. It tells their stories and demonstrates that they are people and it is shame that many in …

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