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#NigeriaDecides2019: Rivers of Blood

23 February 2019 As voting commences across the country for president and the national assembly, an eyewitness in Abonnema, Rivers State reported: “A Sienna vehicle with APC [All Progressives Congress] thugs drives into a polling area accompanied by security men…brandishing all manner of weapons. Shooting and scaring the crowd away. Polling zone is a ghost town now”. He added: “Meanwhile …

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Is “democracy” the answer to Nigeria’s woes?

21 February 2019 Martine Dennis hosted an “Inside Story” discussion on Al Jazeera about Nigeria’s so-called democracy and whether it was the answer to the country’s problems. The three guests, Idayat Hassan – director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, Antony Goldman – CEO of Promedia Consulting, former senior Africa analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Fisayo Soyombo …

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Peter Obi’s dictatorial past

19 February 2019 Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was governor of Anambra State from 2007 to 2014. Obi won two terms as governor under the banner of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). However, towards the end of his second term he was making moves towards the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were …

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Buhari’s “Next Level” of bloodthirsty irresponsibility

19 February 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running for re-election, while addressing party members yesterday, warned that: “Anybody who decides to snatch boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, may be that would be the last unlawful action you would take.  I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless.  I am going to warn …

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There is no such thing as “Igbo interest”, “Yoruba interest”, or “Fulani interest”

18 February 2019 Phrases such “the interests of the Yoruba nation” or “Igbo interest” are common in Nigerian political commentary. Last week Afenifere, described as the “Pan-Yoruba socio-political group”, said in a statement that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo “is working against the interest of the Yoruba”.  The statement was signed by Reuben Fasoranti, Ayo Adebanjo, Olu Falae and Femi Okurounmi.  …

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Nigeria (s)election postponement: Conspiracy or cock-up?

16 February 2019 Nigeria was scheduled to hold its presidential and national assembly (s)elections today and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) waited until literally the last minute, in the early hours of this morning, to conclude that the voting will be put back by a week. It was the same story four years ago when another election was postponed …

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Four more years!

16 February 2019 Four years ago Naijiant.com was launched to fill a massive gap in Nigerian political and socioeconomic commentary. Many readers have wondered where the name “Naijiant” came from. It was a combo based on the notion that Nigeria is meant to be the “Giant of Africa” and has been producing leadership that has reduced it to the level …

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Atiku: I have no concrete plan on privatising NNPC

15 February 2019 Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s Nigerian presidential (s)election, spoke to Adrian Kriesch of German public service broadcaster DW, following a rally in his home state of Adamawa. When questioned about his proposal to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), he said he had no “concrete plan”. It is instructive that …

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UK Guardian correspondent Ruth Maclean blames Buhari for disillusioned Nigerian voters

14 February 2019 As Nigeria goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, Ruth Maclean, the Guardian’s correspondent in Nigeria gave her opinion on the situation in the country in a podcast yesterday. Listen to it below: https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/14/selling-a-kidney-to-reach-europe Ruth Maclean, the Guardian’s Nigeria correspondent She said that she arrived in Lagos a few days ago and the …

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IPOB reportedly attack a police station in Ajali, Anambra State

14 February 2019 A police station was burnt early this morning in Ajali, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. A witness said policemen were overpowered, beaten up and detainees in police cells were set free. The pictures below show some of the damage done. A security source confirmed to Naijiant.com that the attack was carried out by the …

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