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Is President Muhammadu Buhari unwilling to stop the violence in Nigeria?

23 February 2021 Violence is escalating in Nigeria. Is a minister’s assertion that civilians are ‘cowards’ for not fighting armed gangs a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari has reached the end of his tether? Speaking of armed gangs preying upon civilians, Nigerian Minister of Defense Bashir Magashi said, “I don’t know why people are running away from minor, minor, minor things …

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Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at site of Lekki shooting

13 February 2021 Activists called for protests after reopening of Lekki toll gate where security forces shot at demonstrators in October. Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators on Saturday as a small group protested over the reopening of the site where activists denouncing police brutality were shot last year in the commercial capital, Lagos. Rights group Amnesty International and witnesses …

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UK court: Nigerian farmers can sue Shell over pollution

12 February 2021 Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that more than 40,000 people can make claims against the European energy giant following decades of oil spills in the Niger Delta region. A group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Royal Dutch Shell PLC in English courts over pollution from decades of oil spills,  Britain’s highest court ruled on Friday. Five …

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Insights from Fulani pastoralists and host communities in southwestern Nigeria

3 February 2021 The Fulani in the Ibarapa community of Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria, are mostly migrants from the northern part of the country. A small number come from neighbouring Chad, Niger, Benin Republic and Cameroon. These settlers mostly live in settlements, far away from the host communities. The emergence of Fulani in Ibarapa dates back to the early 20th century. For …

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#EndSARS: Denials and cover up mark 100 days since Lekki shooting

28 January 2021 No justice for victims  Supporters of #EndSARS movement continue to face intimidation Authorities yet to initiate concrete police reforms  Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020 and have brazenly attempted …

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Nigerian military reshuffle belies serious security concerns

27 January 2021 As Nigeria battles a domestic insurgency and wilting trust in its armed forces, President Buhari’s overhaul has exposed exasperation with the military’s ineffectiveness to guarantee security for the country. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced four of the country’s top military heads following months of pressure over the nation’s worsening security crisis.  Buhari, who took office in 2015 with a pledge to …

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The longshot bid to end rampant banditry in Nigeria’s northwest

19 January 2021 ‘We simply have to find a way out of this criminality.’ The scale of Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has long been clear. But it took the abduction last month of more than 340 schoolboys for many people – even within Nigeria – to appreciate just how bad the insecurity has become in the country’s neglected northwest. …

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Buhari has done little to address Nigeria’s ongoing terrorism and insecurity

18 January 2021 Nigeria continues to experience increasing insecurity and violence through frequent attacks by terrorists, bandits and criminal herdsmen, despite repeated promises by President Buhari to crush insurgencies. Uche Igwe raises the political and economic undercurrents that may have perpetuated the conflict while drawing attention to the need for greater coordination and stakeholder scrutiny. Back in 2013, former United States envoy …

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Armed group captures military base in northeast Nigeria

16 January 2021 Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL. Government troops and hundreds of residents have been forced to flee after an armed group overran a town and captured a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state in an attack claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group, security …

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Nigerian govt hasn’t yet bought coronavirus vaccines

16 January 2021  Country is undecided which vaccines to use: health official Prices, logistics are key considerations for purchasing shot Nigeria hasn’t bought any Covid-19 vaccines yet as Africa’s most populous nation is still assessing the prices of different shots, their availability and the logistics required in a nationwide roll-out. Minister of State for Health Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora said that once …

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