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2019 Nigeria election: What you need to know

15 January 2019 As Nigerians prepare to vote in presidential elections on February 16, DW, the German public service broadcaster, looks at the players, the key issues and what role young people are playing in the political sphere. This time next month Nigerians will be heading to the polls to vote in the general election. It looks likely to be …

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In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

11 January 2019 Nigerian authorities should rigorously investigate violence at a political rally in Lagos on January 8, during which at least three journalists were injured by gunfire, and ensure the safety of reporters covering political events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said yesterday. Emmanuel Oladesu, an editor of The Nation Newspaper, Temitope Ogunbanke, a correspondent with the New Telegraph, and Abiodun …

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Nigeria: “Recent fighting has created a humanitarian tragedy” – Humanitarian Coordinator

10 January 2019 The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern following an upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has caused tens of thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes. Clashes on 26 December 2018 between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake …

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Nigeria: Seizing defeat from the jaws of victory

9 January 2018 The Boko Haram ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) faction known as ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province) has stuck with its strategy of concentrating on the security forces and doing so by assembling a large enough number of gunmen to ensure, most of the time, a quick victory. The continued prevalence of corruption and …

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Nigerian army targets newspaper for “undermining security”

7 January 2019 The military raided the offices of the Daily Trust newspaper after it reported on a planned operation against the Boko Haram insurgency. The incident has been described as an attack on press freedom. Nigeria’s military has been accused of undermining press freedom after soldiers raided a newspaper for publishing a front-page story about a planned operation against the Boko …

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How corruption is hindering fight against Boko Haram – ISSA

31 December 2018 Nigeria’s Buhari government Massively upgrades the fight … to protect itself; But Boko Haram still dominates the battlefield Analysis. From GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. A sense of desperation has now enveloped the Nigerian Armed Forces leadership as the insurgencies from Islamist groups — loosely referred to as Boko Haram (BH) — continue to gain dominance over …

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Nigerians fear violence will play a part in February’s (s)elections

31 December 2018 “Vote not fight” is the slogan that helped to make Nigeria’s iconic rapper 2Baba, known previously as 2face Idibia, so popular with young people. He urges his compatriots to vote peacefully when he is onstage and supports various youth organizations’ campaigns for peaceful elections in 2019. As previous votes were marred by violence, many Nigerians fear it will play …

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Nigerian army says 14 personnel killed in Boko Haram ambush

25 December 2018 Security forces were on escort duty when they were attacked in Yobe state in the north of the country, army says. Nigeria‘s military has said 14 military and police personnel have been killed in an ambush by armed Boko Haram group. An army statement said on Tuesday that the security forces were on escort duty when they …

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US Congressman Chris Smith asks President Trump to sanction Nigerian officials that rig elections or sponsor violence in 2019

22 December 2018 Rep. Christopher Smith, from New Jersey and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement with regard to presidential and national assembly elections to be held in Nigeria on February 16, 2019, and ongoing violence largely attributable to Fulani extremists: “I am very concerned by the current trajectory in Nigeria, Africa’s largest …

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Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Six states to watch

22 December 2018 Nigerian elections are high-stakes affairs often marred by street clashes and worse. As the 2019 contests approach, the risk of disturbances is particularly high in six states. The government and its foreign partners can limit campaign-related violence by enhancing security and promoting dialogue among rivals.  What’s new? As presidential, gubernatorial and legislative elections draw near in Nigeria, the …

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