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Nigerians again wage protest rally to call for Zakzaky’s release

18 November 2018 Nigerian Muslims have once again waged protest rally in the capital of Abuja to demand the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. Calling for justice for the 65-year-old cleric, who was beaten and arrested in 2015 along with his wife on trumped-up allegations, the protesters chanted slogans in support of Zakzaky on Saturday and insisting …

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Bribes, beatings and gridlock at ports choke Nigeria’s economy

17 November 2018 Congestion, delays at ports cost Nigeria $19 billion a year  President Buhari says that the situation is a ‘major concern’ The lines of aging blue, red and yellow trucks begin almost 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the gates of Nigeria’s main port of Apapa. Valentine, a 34-year-old driver, has been queuing outside the Lagos site for two …

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Gas flaring continues scorching Nigeria’s Niger Delta

15 November 2018 In Nigeria’s Niger Delta, gas flares are killing crops, polluting water and damaging human health. The Nigerian government has promised to tackle the problem — but new data shows flaring has even gone up. Flames as tall as 10-storey buildings burn day and night in the village of Ebedei, in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. But the heat from …

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International Energy Agency forecasts growth in renewable electricity in Nigeria

8 November 2018 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is a Paris-based organisation focusing on “the full spectrum of energy issues including oil, gas and coal supply and demand, renewable energy technologies, electricity markets, energy efficiency, access to energy, demand side management and much more”.  Its “Renewables 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023” report has a section on Nigeria, which is …

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Buhari’s rhetoric doesn’t match dismal reality of press freedom in Nigeria – WPR

5 November 2018 As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari prepares his re-election bid for February 2019, he is positioning himself as a leader who prizes good governance, accountability and human rights. But watchdogs point out that his record on press freedom tells a different story, as journalists in Nigeria face an uptick in repression under his watch. In an interview with …

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Abayomi Azikiwe: World should prevent Nigeria from suppressing Shia Muslims

5 November 2018 As criticisms are growing against Nigeria in what many see as the systematic suppression of the Shia Muslims in the country, a top commentator has told Press TV that the world should do more to pressure Abuja to stop its persecution of the Muslims, particularly followers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).     “They are trying to suppress the …

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

2 November 2018 Nigeria’s army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group this week. “Please watch and make your deductions,” said the army in a post on its official Twitter account. In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican …

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Nigeria’s security forces must be held accountable for killing of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters

2 November 2018 Strong evidence that soldiers used automatic firearms on Shi’a Muslims holding religious procession and protest At least 39 protesters killed, and 122 injured, in a single day Victims include men, women and children An investigation by Amnesty International shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least …

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The Kaduna crisis – A bird’s eye view

31 October 2018 It must be noted that this crisis is not the first this year to engulf Kasuwan Magani. At least 12 persons, 1,000 houses and several cars were destroyed in a religious crisis that erupted on 26 February over the conversion of a Christian girl to Islam by her Muslim boyfriend. 65 persons were subsequently arrested and charged …

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Nigeria: Another Boko Haram in the making?

30 October 2018 Deadly clashes between government troops and Shiite Muslims have raised fears that another conflict is about to get out of hand in Nigeria. Civil society is calling on the central government not to repeat past mistakes. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government stands accused of abusing human rights and oppressing a minority group after clashes over the weekend and on …

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