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What Nigerian cities can learn from the rest of the world

16 September 2019 Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanising region. By 2050 more than one billion people will live in cities across the continent. Nigeria is Africa’s urban growth giant. In 1950, the West African nation’s urban population was under 375 000 spread across only 99 cities. Now there are close to 100 million people in over 780 cities. Villages have …

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UN housing rights expert visits Nigeria

15 September 2019 The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is in Nigeria on a visit expected to last from 13 to 23 September 2019. “I look forward to travelling to the most populous nation in Africa to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Nigeria with regard to its implementation of the right to housing,” …

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What can be done to fight rural banditry in northern Nigeria?

12 September 2019 Banditry is on the increase in northern Nigeria. This is a region with many security problems, chief among them Boko Haram’s insurgency. In the north-central region, herdsmen militancy has become a key security concern. Northwest Nigeria, which used to be the bastion of security and stability, has been hit hard by rural banditry. I have explored this situation …

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Nigerian tribunal upholds President Buhari’s re-election

11 September 2019 A Nigerian election tribunal has rejected a bid by the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to overturn the February presidential election. The ruling means there is no further challenge to Buhari’s re-election. In upholding Buhari’s election victory, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal ruled that Buhari’s main challenger in the presidential race, Atiku Abubakar had failed to prove …

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Banned Nigerian Shia group alleges police killed 12 marchers

10 September 2019 The group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria, was banned for being ‘terrorists’ in July after a series of deadly clashes. A Nigerian Shia group banned by the government said police killed 12 of members and wounded 10 others during marches in the north of country to mark the religious commemoration known as Ashoura. Spokesman Ibrahim Musa said the …

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Nigeria: Military Holding Children as Boko Haram Suspects

10 September 2019 Thousands Have Been Held in Deplorable Conditions The Nigerian military has arbitrarily detained thousands of children in degrading and inhuman conditions for suspected involvement with the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many children are held without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no …

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Xenophobia: Time for cool heads to prevail in Nigeria and South Africa

10 September 2019 The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have ignited the long-standing tensions between the country and Nigeria. These are captured in the retaliatory attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria and the diplomatic outrage by Nigerian authorities. Nigeria also boycotted the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Cape Town. More critical was the temporary closure of South African missions in Abuja and …

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The Nigeria We Want

UNICEF and partners to host the first edition of the Naija Youth Talk event to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day. Young people today live in a world of unlimited potential. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much remains to be done. Too many Nigerian children and young people are being …

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