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Fulani herdsmen crisis: Time for a beef boycott

9 February 2021 Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka, while speaking to the BBC this week, called out President Muhammadu Buhari for a failure to deal with the terror being visited on Nigeria in the name of grazing cattle all over the country.  Buhari is a patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a pressure group for …

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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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24 young Nigerians held illegally by the police – activist Bayyanar Mahadi

11 December 2020 Bayyanar Mahadi, a Nigerian activist, has detailed how 24 young men were being detained in inhumane conditions after becoming victims of extortion and corruption by the Nigeria Police Force. Mahadi’s account in a 30-minute video details how the unemployed men, who were trying to join the police force, were shaken down by named police officers for 700,000 …

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Why has Nigeria failed to defeat Boko Haram?

1 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story looked into why Nigeria has failed to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency that started in 2009. The government has repeatedly stated that it has defeated Boko Haram, but the violence has been on the increase this year. 48 farmers were buried after the attack on rice farmers in Borno State two days ago. …

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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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