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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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International Criminal Court opens the door for the prosecution of Nigeria

8 December 2019 The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. The report looked at situations in several countries “under consideration for possible investigation”. In Nigeria, these mainly cover the conflict with Boko Haram in the northeast and possible war crimes committed by Nigerian security forces (NSF). The report …

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US senator Bob Menendez condemns harassment & rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria

7 December 2019 Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and New Jersey resident, was rearrested in dramatic scenes in Nigeria. Sowore was first arrested in August and was released yesterday, after the Nigerian government ignored two court orders. But he …

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Diezani Madueke implicated in diplomatic passport scandal

Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Madueke, has been named in an Al Jazeera documentary, “Diplomats” for sale”, as having obtained a Dominican Republic diplomatic passport to avoid prosecution for corruption. Madueke, currently in London, is facing several charges of corruption and money laundering both back in Nigeria and in the UK. The programme reveals that a few days before she …

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