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How Fela Kuti came to be celebrated by those he sang against

The Nigerian icon was harassed, censored and imprisoned for singing truth to power. Today power celebrates him. Every time I see politicians and statesmen honouring Fela Kuti, I chuckle to myself and wish I could be there to ask with the utmost seriousness: “Are you, sir, recommending Fela to younger generations as a role model?” I definitely had a good …

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Hundreds of Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram overruns base

15 July 2018 Hundreds of Nigerian troops are missing after Boko Haram jihadists overran a military base in the remote northeast, security sources said Sunday, in the second major assault on the armed forces in two days. The militants invaded a base holding more than 700 soldiers in Yobe state — where they abducted over 100 girls from a school …

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Wilfred Ndidi discusses Leicester City future amid contract talks

The Nigeria midfielder is set to be offered an improved deal at the King Power Stadium alongside Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy Wilfred Ndidi has insisted he has never thought about leaving Leicester City as the club prepares to offer the midfielder a new contract. Nigeria international Ndidi has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the …

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Why are IDPs being urged to return to unsafe areas in Nigeria’s northeast?

5 July 2018 On June 17, the Nigerian army announced that 2,000 internally displaced people were to go back home to the district of Guzamala in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. This was made possible by “the achievements recorded by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole”, an army spokesperson declared. The announcement followed Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai’s call on internally displaced people (IDPs) to …

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German TV station: APC split may not bode well for Buhari

5 July 2018 The exodus from Nigeria’s ruling APC of one-time allies of President Buhari is reminiscent of the moves that led to his predecessor’s defeat. Buhari’s APC is now “the other faction,” the lawmakers who split insist. Buba Galadima, who helped found the All Progressives Congress (APC) that brought Muhammadu Buhari to office in 2015, is now the national …

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Russia 2018: Nigerian fan’s St Petersburg diary

Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ World Cup campaign ended after three games in St Petersburg in their encounter with perennial World Cup rivals Argentina.  One of the few Nigerian fans at the venue, who were outnumbered by Argentinians about ten to one, recalls how his country’s World Cup bid fizzled out. There was peace and tranquility in the camp. The team walk …

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George Okoro asks Buhari: “Where is the book” and Buhari replies

“Enugu killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book.  Delta killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book.  Kogi killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book.  Ekiti killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book. Kaduna killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book. Nasarawa killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book.  Adamawa killings, “I will bring perpetrators to book. Taraba killings, “I will …

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