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Priti Patel’s comments about Nigeria back in the spotlight again

18 September 2019 Back in November last year, when Priti Patel, the current home secretary in the UK, was just a Conservative backbencher, she penned an article in support of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), who were involved in a $9bn legal tussle with the Nigerian government. Naijiant.com questioned her involvement at the time. Priti Patel made some good points …

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Nigeria’s Central Bank alleged offer of appointment to Ebonyi grads is unconstitutional

14 September 2019 Uchenna Orji, the information commissioner in Ebonyi State, said at a press conference on Thursday: “… because of the way the Governor [of Ebonyi State Dave Umahi] engaged the CBN [Central Bank of Nigeria], the CBN graciously approved to absorb all First Class indigenes of Ebonyi State origin in economics to work with the bank. “So anybody …

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Xenophobic attacks: From South African frying pan to Nigerian fire

13 September 2019 189 Nigerians arrived in Lagos in the early hours of yesterday from Johannesburg on a free Air Peace flight, following the violent attacks against foreigners in South Africa. The evacuees were among the first to return home and they face an uncertain future in Nigeria that hasn’t changed for the better since they decided to try their …

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Kan EU believe IPOB?

12 September 2019 There has been a social media storm about a purported visit to address the European Union parliament in Brussels by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are campaigning for the secession of Nigeria’s predominantly Igbo southeast from the rest of country. The hoopla was kicked off by Kanu with a …

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John Pilger on British hypocrisy during the Biafran war

3 September 2019 A picture of Harold Wilson, the British prime minister during the Nigerian civil war – 1967 to 1970 – has emerged on social media, with him allegedly saying that half a million dead Biafrans wouldn’t result in a change of British policy from supporting the Nigerian side against the Biafran rebels. It is not quite clear if …

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The Nigerian govt lacks the moral authority to condemn xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa

3 September 2019 It is becoming disturbingly routine for some South Africans to target Nigerians and other foreigners in violent attacks.  Yesterday in Johannesburg rioters targeted and looted shops owned by foreigners, mostly Nigerians. Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama responded on Twitter: Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by …

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Lagos comes bottom of 2019 Safe Cities Index

30 August 2019 Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, is at the bottom in the 2019 Safe Cities Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The index ranks 60 cities on 57 indicators, covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Tokyo tops the list as the safest city, with Singapore and Osaka, making up the top three. London and New …

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Why has Nigeria banned a Shia Muslim group?

31 July 2019 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme last night took a look at the Nigerian government’s decision to get a court to proscribe the predominantly Shia group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Nigeria’s Muslims are mostly Sunni, including most of the northern Nigeria ruling elite, from President Muhammadu Buhari to state governors and military top brass. Many observers …

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