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British High Commission in Nigeria “extremely concerned” about use of military to rig the (s)election in Rivers State

10 March 2019 The voting yesterday for the governorship and state assembly of Rivers State appears to have turned into a predictable orgy of violence. The state is tagged as the “Rivers of Blood” because the criminal politics there involves a higher rate of violence than in other parts of the country. Videos have been circulating all over social media …

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Shi’ites protest at US embassy in Abuja, claim America is supporting terrorism in Nigeria

8 March 2019 Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), protested in front of the United States embassy in Abuja yesterday, claiming that the US was “promoting terrorism” in Nigeria by backing the Nigerian government’s brutality against Shia Muslims. Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged a protest to @USEmbassyAbuja condemning the …

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Former Central Bank of Nigeria governor’s £33m British property empire

6 March 2019 The current edition of the UK’s investigative journalism magazine, Private Eye, has a story called “Abuja on Thames” about a former CBN governor’s property portfolio. It states that: “The family of a former central banker of Nigeria who looted his country under its 1990s military dictatorship has amassed a £33m British property empire.” It continues: “Paul Ogwuma, …

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A brief look at election fraud in Nigeria

27 February 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of the presidential (s)election that took place last Saturday.  But his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, has refused to make the call to congratulate the winner, saying: “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of …

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Tinubu’s bullishness about bullion vans demonstrates the buffoonery of Buhari’s anti-corruption

24 February 2019 Pictures surfaced on social media of two bullion vans allegedly entering the home of Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and self-styled “national leader” of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the day before yesterday’s presidential and national assembly (s)elections. Tinubu is seen as the “godfather” of Lagos State, who picks and chooses who runs the …

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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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