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#EndSARS: British MPs suggest sanctions against Nigeria

24 November 2020 British MPs yesterday debated sanctions against the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari following an e-petition against the shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters in Lagos. The petition was signed by 220,330 people in the UK, many of whom were constituents of the MPS that contributed to the debate. Theresa Villiers, the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet, started the …

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#EndSARS: DJ Switch on CNN says Nigeria is a dictatorship

18 November 2020 DJ Switch, a Nigerian celebrity and activist who witnessed the shooting of unarmed protesters by Nigerian soldiers at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on October 20 during an End SARS protest, was interviewed by CNN’s Becky Anderson this evening. It was a very emotional situation as the DJ, aka Obianuju Ude, recalled the events of that tragic night, …

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#EndSARS: British MP Chi Onwurah presents petition in Parliament

17 November 2020 Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, today presented a petition against the shooting of EndSARS protesters in Lagos last month. Onwurah, born in Northumberland of a Nigerian father and an English mother from Newcastle, said when she presented the petition: “I rise to present a petition calling for the Government to rally international condemnation …

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#EndSARS: Nigeria in troubled waters

22 October 2020 Many people, especially older Nigerians, are guilty of applying “analogue” knowledge to a “digital” problem. The protests engulfing Nigeria go beyond myopic ethnic, religious, regional or PDP/APC agendas. The ethnocentrists, the ethnic chauvinists, the ethnic supremacists, the exploiters of religion, etc want to shape the uprising to suit their narratives. They have refused to wake up and …

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The UK’s House of Lords debates “religious violence” in Nigeria

22 September 2020 The UK’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, yesterday held a debate on the “religious violence” in Nigeria, with several contributors drawing from their experience to attempt to get the UK government to put pressure on the Nigerian government to deal effectively with the problem. Lord Anderson said “it is clearly beyond the capacity, or perhaps …

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UK home secretary Priti Patel’s “priti strange” relationship with company suing Nigeria for $10bn

9 September 2020 British investigative journalism magazine Private Eye has again raised questions about the relationship between UK home secretary, Priti Patel and a company claiming $10bn in damages against the Nigerian government. From the current edition of “The Eye”: ‘If Nigeria want to take part in global markets, it must shape up and honour its obligations’, thundered Priti Patel, …

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A united Africa is a must

25 August 2020 Marcus Garvey was among the first advocates for a united Africa: “Unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own”.  To understand the need for a united Africa requires an understanding of history and the economics of development.  Once, you get this, the …

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Coronavirus poses a threat to Nigeria beyond health – Chatham House panel

22 July 2020 Chatham House hosted a webinar in collaboration with the UK parliament’s the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the implications of coronavirus for Nigeria on Tuesday 21 May. The discussion was chaired by Labour MP for Edmonton and APPG Chair, Kate Osamor, with a panel of experts that included, Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House, Idayat …

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Most Nigerians cannot afford to buy a house

11 May 2020 Al Jazeera reported today that the World Bank says Nigeria needs hundreds of billions of dollars to bridge its housing deficit. The report added that home ownership is at a mere 25%, and Nigerians are finding it harder to buy as incomes fall along with the price of oil, the country’s main earner. See further details in …

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