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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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Nigeria’s northwest region facing humanitarian crisis: MSF warns

3 June 2021 MSF says it has already treated thousands of children for acute malnutrition, measles, malaria and other conditions. Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is stoking a humanitarian crisis, according to international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF). The region has struggled with decades-long communal clashes over resources but more recently some groups …

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Twitter removes Nigerian president’s ‘abusive’ civil war post

2 June 2021 The social media company says the post violated its abusive behaviour policy, leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account. Twitter has removed a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings. The move on Wednesday came as Buhari’s tweet, referring to a civil war in the southeastern …

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Nigeria’s ‘prosperity gospel’ Pentecostal churches may reinforce inequalities

28 May 2021 Over the past few decades in Nigeria, many millions of people have joined Pentecostal churches, and the most popular brand in recent years is known as the ‘prosperity gospel’. But while these hugely popular churches promise economic as well as spiritual rewards, they are also controversial. Even as their leaders condemn corruption, critics see these churches as …

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Attacks on police in Nigeria could fuel more crime: how to stop them

25 May 2021 There has been a rising wave of attacks on police stations and police officers in some southern states in Nigeria. At the last count, 127 cops had been killed and 25 stations razed in the past five months. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asked sociologist Lanre Ikuteyijo for his view on why this is happening and how the country can …

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Protesters blockade Nigerian highway with burning tires over demand for greater security after kidnappers terrorize region

24 May 2021 Hundreds of protesters descended on Nigeria’s Abuja Kaduna highway on Monday to demand greater security from the federal government in the wake of kidnappings over the weekend in which 15 people were abducted and three killed. Footage circulating on social media showed smoke billowing along the road as tires were set alight, disrupting traffic for hours while …

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Helicopter attack on Nigerian civilians puts British pilot training under fresh scrutiny

13 May 2021 Declassified UK visited villages in Nigeria ruined by indiscriminate air strikes, which killed civilians, levelled marketplaces and hit a school — months after they revealed Nigerian air force pilots were secretly training in the UK. Amnesty International calls for “a major overhaul of the way that military training is regulated” by the UKNigerian lawyers condemn the airstrikes …

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Nigeria’s okada motorcycles have a bad image, but banning them solves nothing

12 May 2021 Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these motorcyclists – popularly known as okada …

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Nigeria’s electoral system is still broken. Here’s a list of what’s urgent

10 May 2021 The chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, was sworn in for a second term nearly six months ago. His second term will be defined by how much he’s able to improve the integrity of the country’s election system. Yakubu faces an uphill task. Complaints that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission can’t deliver free and fair polls have been …

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Nigeria’s President Buhari under fire because of growing security concerns

9 May 2021 Security challenges in Nigeria have sparked anger and calls for President Buhari to step down or be removed from office. Analysts say disgruntled military members and politicians want to overthrow the president. Nigeria’s secret police say they have uncovered a plot to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office. According to the investigators, disgruntled politicians and religious leaders …

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