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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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Reporters Without Borders: Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in West Africa for journalists

21 April 2020 The 2020 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which evaluates the situation for journalists each year in 180 countries and territories, was published today, with Nigeria ranking 115th on the index. The report’s section on Nigeria states: Climate of permanent violence Nigeria is now one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists, who are …

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Coronavirus: Trump channels his inner Obasanjo

30 March 2020 Donald Trump means different things to different people. But I never thought I would liken him to a Nigerian ruler or ex-ruler. Until yesterday. Responding in the White House Rose Garden to estimates that 100,000 or more Americans may die from the coronavirus, Trump said: “So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this. …

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Chinua Achebe exposed the emptiness of the argument for restructuring in Nigeria

15 February 2020 Restructuring is all the rage in Nigeria as commentators, politicians and the wider public flounder in search of answers for their country’s continued failure on practically all measures of human development. Last week, Martins Onovo, a former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) responded to a question from the Nigerian Sun newspaper on the “way …

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We’ve raised concerns to Buhari about rising levels of violence in Nigeria – British minister

7 February 2020 Heather Wheeler, the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs minister, said yesterday that: “We regularly raise concerns with the Nigerian Government about the increasing levels of violence. Most recently, the Prime Minister did so during his meeting with President Buhari at the UK-Africa investment summit on 20 January.” Minister Heather Wheeler Wheeler was contributing to a parliamentary debate on …

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UN economic report critical of Nigeria’s prospects in 2020

23 January 2020 The United Nations’ World Economic Situation and Prospects [WESP] report 2020, published last week, makes very disappointing reading for those hoping that Nigeria is close to turning the corner in terms of economic growth. The report claims that African economic “growth rates are insufficient for meaningful development progress”. It goes on to say that “Africa continues to face …

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Buhari to face protests at UK-Africa Investment Summit in London

17 January 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari flies out of Nigeria today to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit, scheduled to start in London on Monday. Buhari never passes up an opportunity for an overseas trip and he has what seems like an adequate excuse for a foreign junket with this summit. However, the pressure group, Global Justice Now, claims that the …

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Opeyemi Sowore calls on the UN to help bring her husband home

21 December 2019 Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore, the New Jersey-based publisher of Sahara Reporters currently being detained by the Nigerian authorities, has asked the United Nations to intervene against the “lawlessness” of the Nigerian government. The activist was held in August and charged with “treason” after calling for a “revolution” in Nigeria. His wife spoke to CNN. …

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