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Nigeria: The politicised herders and farmers conflict

17 July 2019 Special grazing zones and settlements for pastoralist Fulani groups were supposed to be the answer to the heated farmers and herders conflict. It has instead become a highly politicised debate. It appeared to be a done deal. Nigeria’s government under President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that they would be introducing the so-called Ruga settlements –  a Hausa …

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Police fire guns during Shi’ite protest in Nigeria capital

12 July 2019 Police fired guns and teargas in a clash with a protesting Shi’ite Muslim group in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, Reuters witnesses saw on Thursday. Two Reuters witnesses heard gunshots and one saw policemen fire their weapons in an effort to disperse hundreds who gathered outside government buildings to demand the release of their leader. The Reuters witness …

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Iran summons Nigeria chargé d’affaires over Zakzaky situation

11 July 2019 Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Nigeria’s chargé d’affaires to the country to express concern over reports of Nigerian Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky’s deteriorating health condition. Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced the summoning on Monday, describing Zakzaky as an “eruditely and distinguished figure.” “We hope that the efforts that are being taken [towards bettering Mr. …

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Nigeria’s National Assembly on lockdown after shots fired

9 July 2019 Nigeria’s National Assembly was on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and a group of Shi’ite Muslim protesters, Reuters witnesses said. It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots or whether anyone had been injured, the witnesses said. Police used tear gas against the protesters, and smoke could be seen coming …

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Protesters at UN offices in Tehran urge Zakzaky’s release

6 July 2019 A large group of protesters gathered in front of the United Nations offices in the Iranian capital to demand the immediate release of top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still being kept in government prisons despite suffering from major health issues. During the gathering on Wednesday, Iranian doctors, academics and students called on the …

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Kenneth Omeruo: ‘We are Nigeria. We have to show class’

5 July 2019 The 25-year-old is Chelsea’s longest-serving current player but is ready for a move. First, though, he wants to win the Africa Cup of Nations again Shortly before playing for Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup, Kenneth Omeruo browsed a list of young players to watch at the tournament and discovered his own name, slotted in next to …

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Why Nigeria must get serious about primary school education

5 July 2019 There’s a lot of truth in African proverbs, but there is one African saying that I disagree with. It’s the proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child”. That might have been true 100 years ago, but in the modern world it takes more than a village; it takes a whole country. A village …

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Buhari govt suppressing free speech in Nigeria – Human Rights Watch

3 July 2019 Nigerian authorities appear to be on a renewed drive to muzzle free speech. In early June, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended the broadcast licenses of two subsidiaries of Daar Communications, the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio station, only giving broad and vague reasons. Barely a week later, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) declared …

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Why Nigeria’s doctors are leaving, and how the problem can be fixed

1 July 2019 Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians. Doctors leave for a variety of reasons depending on where they are in their careers. …

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Zakzaky poisoned in prison by Nigerian authorities – IMN

29 June 2019 Top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been imprisoned for four years now, is said to have been poisoned in prison, according to doctors who found high levels of toxic substance in his blood. Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) announced that their cleric was poisoned, citing results of an investigation by the movement’s Academic …

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