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Finally, the US condemns killing of Shiites in Nigeria

See full statement By John Kirby, Spokesperson – Nigerian Deaths in Kano Clashes (November 17, 2016) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson | November 17, 2016 The United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in Kano State on November …

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UN questions Lagos govt’s “brutal” evictions

A U.N. expert asked Nigeria on Thursday for urgent information about a forced eviction of thousands of people from makeshift homes in Lagos, although the state government denied reports of brutality and possible breaches of human rights laws. Residents and a rights group said 30,000 people were forced a week ago from bamboo homes built illegally in the city’s Lekki …

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Can $10bn end the insurgency in the Niger Delta?

Militant groups are fighting for a greater share of the Niger Delta’s vast oil wealth The sand is still hot under our feet. The oil thieves must have run the illegal oil refinery, which is hidden from the sea by thickets of mangrove, until just a short while ago. “Destroy everything, boys,” the commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil …

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UK peer and US Bishop narrowly escape deadly ambush by Fulani herdsmen on Nigeria visit

Baroness Cox, a leading religious freedom campaigner, and her party of church and charity leaders, avoided an attack by armed Fulani herdsmen, by a matter of minutes on Monday 14 November. Baroness Cox and Bishop Stewart Ruch III, of the Upper Midwest Diocese, were visiting Jos, Plateau State, where Fulani cattle herdsmen have become an even greater danger than the …

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Gambling with demography: Investor confidence and Islamic values in Nigeria

The London School of Economics’ Kate Meagher demonstrates why poverty, not cultural values , is the key driver behind Nigeria’s demographic tsunami. A recent article in the Financial Times on 13 October 2016 drew attention to the looming crisis of falling oil prices and rapid population growth in Nigeria. Under the dramatic headline Dividend or disaster, the article suggests that …

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Trump is no trump card for Africa

When it comes to predicting how President Donald Trump will affect U.S-Africa trade relations, opinions are divided — no surprise in a political victory that relied on a strategy of divide and conquer. The U.S. election will result in few changes for Africa, said Robtel Neajai Pailey, a Liberian activist, academic and author of the anti-corruption children’s book, Gbagba, according …

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In Nigeria, Biafran separatists are celebrating Donald Trump’s election

Secessionist groups say Trump will uphold the right of indigenous peoples to “self-determination.” A secessionist movement in Nigeria is celebrating the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, believing they have found a kindred spirit who can help their cause. Supporters of the restoration of Biafra — a region of southeast Nigeria that existed as an independent republic …

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Wole Soyinka warns that Donald Trump could pull the US from Nigeria’s fight with Boko Haram

The Nigerian Nobel Prize winner also said he would hold onto his green card—for now. The victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram, according to Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. In an exclusive interview, Soyinka tells Newsweek that Trump’s “bunker mentality” could see the U.S. withdraw support …

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The rise of Victor Moses

The institution of Chelsea’s robust 3-4-3 system has been nothing short of a revelation. When Chelsea were trailing 3-0 at half-time against Arsenal, no one could’ve foreseen the series of five successive clean sheets that would follow, attaining the maximum 15 points available in the process. Despite the impracticality and the unlikelihood of this absurd turn of events, this is …

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