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Nigeria’s medical brain drain: Healthcare woes as doctors flee

9 April 2019 ‘Brain drain’ impacting healthcare sector as most Nigerian doctors seek better work conditions and pay abroad. In March, hundreds of Nigerian doctors gathered at a hotel in Abuja, the capital, and another in Lagos, the country’s commercial centre, to take a test conducted by the Saudi Arabian health ministry. In a symbol of the Nigerian medical “brain …

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Video exposes beatings by Nigerian security forces

5 April 2019 Video footage circulating online appears to implicate Nigerian security forces engaged in abuse of a group of men. The footage shows around two dozen armed men wearing military camouflage repeatedly whip about 15 men. The beating caused huge welts on the victims’ backs. They were forced to lay on the ground, screaming in pain. One man was ordered …

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Buhari’s second chance at oil and gas reform in Nigeria

4 April 2019 The president’s first term fell short of the changes needed to modernize the sector. Can he make headway in his second? Muhammadu Buhari, re-elected as president of Nigeria in February, has a second four-year term to revive the economy and address the needs of the country’s ailing oil and gas sector. But to do so, he will …

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Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

30 March 2019 Unidentified men today arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, according to news reports, as well as a local activist with whom the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) spoke and posts on social media. According to the independent news website Sahara Reporters, Abiri, who was meeting publishing colleagues in Yenagoa, was accosted …

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Real Madrid hands out diplomas to 11 Nigerian coaches

30 March 2019 Diplomas awarded to teachers in charge of the first training course in Nigeria The school will be opened in May in collaboration with the Rivers State government. The managing director of the Real Madrid Foundation, Julio González, handed out diplomas to the 11 coaches in Nigeria who came to Madrid to receive training. These coaches learned about the Real Madrid Foundation’s work methodology …

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Violence and fraud in Kano State’s gubernatorial elections

27 March 2019 Eyewitnesses report massive vote rigging and manipulation in Kano state. Independent observers were prevented from doing their job. The opposition plans to challenge the result. All Rukayya Abba wanted to do on March 23 was cast her vote. But the scene she came across in the village of Bichi quickly made her change her mind. “There were …

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Double standards on oil spills in Nigeria must end

27 March 2019 Oil companies must respect human lives and clean up the damage their industry does wherever they operate, say Dr John Sentamu, Baroness Amos, Prof Michael Watts, Njeri Kabeberi and James Thornton The devastating impact of oil spills is widely recognised. The past decade has witnessed the destruction caused to human life and the environment from spills including …

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Violence and intimidation mar re-run polls in Nigeria

23 March 2019 Violence and voter intimidation once again marred polls in Nigeria Saturday, as voters tried to take part in re-run governorship and state elections already postponed once because of unrest. An opposition spokesman said some of their agents had been killed in the violence and called on election officials to cancel the vote again. Armed men armed with …

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United States embassy “disappointed” with electoral fraud in Nigeria

22 March 2019 The US mission in Abuja issued a statement on the ongoing (s)elections in Nigeria. The statement is reproduced in full below. The United States once again congratulates the Nigerian people’s commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.  The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.  …

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Nigeria to prosecute parents of out-of-school children

19 March 2019 Nigeria’s minister of education has warned that parents who refuse to send their children to school will be prosecuted. Adamu Adamu said criminalising parents would help reduce the number of children not in education. Many parents complain they lack the money to send their children school and instead send them onto the streets and into markets to …

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