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Nigeria cracks down on separatists as security issues mount in the north

22 July 2021 The arrest of another separatist activist wanted by Nigeria sends a clear message that President Buhari won’t tolerate secessionist aspirations. But critics say there’s much more at play than just arresting figureheads. Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, known popularly in Nigeria as Sunday Igboho, was arrested in neighboring Benin on Monday evening, according to media reports. He …

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What drives the Indigenous People of Biafra’s relentless efforts for secession

16 July 2021 In late June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was rearrested. He was first arrested back in October 2015 for treasonable felony as well as disturbing the peace and violations of human rights. He jumped bail and fled Nigeria in 2017. Kanu’s rearrest was greeted with euphoria in government circles. This is because he has established himself …

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Nigeria’s decision to ban Twitter has no legal basis. Here’s why

25 June 2021 In early June, the Nigerian government announced that it had banned the use of Twitter in the country. This followed the media platform’s decision to delete a tweet by the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on the grounds that it violated the platform’s rules. The Attorney General of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, vowed to prosecute violators of the ban, a threat that …

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Has Nigeria benefited from “democracy”?

16 June 2021 It’s rich in resources. It’s got Africa’s biggest population. And it’s enjoyed democracy since 1999. But Nigeria is facing numerous challenges. Mass kidnappings, attacks by armed groups and criminal gangs, corruption and lack of jobs have angered many. Widespread protests last year against an anti-robbery police unit led to the killing of protesters. Nigerians are now calling …

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How Nigeria’s Twitter ban stands to impact people, businesses

7 June 2021 Nigeria suspended Twitter’s operations over ‘persistent use of the platform for activities that we capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence’. Emmanuel Alumona, a Lagos-based front-end developer, realised early on Saturday that he could not access Twitter on his phone. A day earlier, the Nigerian government announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country indefinitely over “the persistent use …

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Twitter restricted in Nigeria after government decree

5 June 2021 Suspension comes two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Buhari’s account for violating its rules. Telecoms operators in Nigeria have restricted access to Twitter, a day after the government announced its indefinite suspension for activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension in Africa’s most populous country came two days after the social …

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Nigeria suspends Twitter in the country indefinitely

4 June 2021 Nigeria’s information minister said the platform was being used to “undermine” Nigeria, though gave no examples. The US media giant recently deleted a tweet from Nigeria’s president for being “abusive” toward minorities. Nigeria’s government indefinitely suspended the operations of US social media giant Twitter, according to a statement by Information Minister Lai Mohammed on Friday. He cited “the …

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