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What is happening in Nigeria’s northeast?

The last Eid-el-Fitr celebrations passed on peacefully for most of the day across North-East Nigeria, with an enforced restriction on movement for vehicles and even animals until noon in Maiduguri, capital of Borno, and birthplace of Boko Haram. Residents, especially young children and young women went about dressed colourfully celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan. However, at …

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Buhari on life support since June 6 2017 – Ayo Fayose

Governor Ayo Fayose has released a statement detailing the condition of President Muhammadu Buhari, who left Nigeria for London 53 days ago.  The president has not been seen in public since then. The governor’s statement is reproduced in full below. Today, it makes 53 days since our President; Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No …

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Anger in the Niger Delta over oil spill clean-up delay

Under a leaden sky in oil-rich southern Nigeria, young men hang around with nothing to do, covering their noses from the noxious fumes of the polluted swamp. The sight in Bodo, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Port Harcourt, is repeated in communities elsewhere in the maze of creeks that criss-cross Ogoniland. One year after the launch of a …

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2017 Anambra Governorship election: Chudi Offodile, UPP and the new narratives

When Chudi Offodile, Awolo-Awka, was elect­ed into the Federal House of Representatives in May 1999, as the representative for Awka North and South Federal constituency of An­ambra State, he was just 34 years old. He served as the Chairman of the Spe­cial Committee on Joint Venture Oil Operations [2001-2003] and Chair­man of the Public Petitions Committee [2003-2006]. He is also …

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Why nobody knows how many Nigerians there are

No census has yet arrived at an accurate figure Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, a designation it wears with pride. It had more than 182m citizens in 2015, according to the World Bank, and is poised to have the world’s third-largest population, behind India and China, by 2050. But that figure and the extrapolation are based on Nigeria’s 2006 …

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Michael Emenalo in power tussle with Antonio Conte over Chelsea transfers

Antonio Conte will be given short shrift by the Chelsea hierarchy if he attempts to exert greater control over the Premier League champions’ recruitment policy amid suggestions the manager is growing frustrated at the club’s failure to make early inroads in the summer market. Reports have emerged in Italy, where Conte is on holiday with his family, that he may …

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The deadly conflict tearing Nigeria apart (and it’s not Boko Haram)

Goska is just five minutes up the road from Dangoma in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. But between the two villages are divisions so deep – and so devoid of compassion and understanding – they threaten the unity of Africa’s most populous nation. Bullet holes and abandoned, burned-out buildings in Goska are evidence something sudden and terrible happened there. Moses Berde, …

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