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Nigeria: Misery for students as university lecturers strike

5 December 2018 Students say they are facing a bleak future as labour deadlock between the government and professors continues. On a hot December afternoon in this southeastern town, a dry, dusty wind blows over the main entrance gate of the University of Nigeria campus. Only a few cars and a handful of people are trickling in and out. Six …

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Jubril al-Sudani, the Buhari joke that has gone too far

3 December 2018 I have thus far refrained from talking about Jubril al-Sudani, because it is bunkum. And I was quite glad that President Muhammadu Buhari had also ignored it, or, appeared to have. Until yesterday. Now he has spoken, and the cat has been set amongst the pigeons, as it were. There are three threads to this story: 1 — Jubril …

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Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

1 December 2018 Insecurity is a major electoral issue for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks re-election in 2019 polls. As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country’s northeast in 2018, pushing into towns …

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AFP Fact Check shows Nnamdi Kanu is lying about Buhari/Jubril

30 November 2018 There’s no evidence that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has died and been replaced by a lookalike Several high-profile figures in Nigeria, including a former government minister, have claimed President Muhammadu Buhari has died and has been replaced by a lookalike. Social media posts repeating claims that the leader of Africa’s most populous nation is an imposter called “Jubril” …

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Nigeria sees pre-election resurgence of jihadist attacks

29 November 2018 Nigeria’s President Buhari staked his political career on defeating Boko Haram. A pre-election resurgence in attacks by jihadists has Nigeria worried. Germany’s public service broadcaster DW looks at what is behind this development. There are reports of at least 17 attempts to overrun army bases since July. Most of them took place in the northeast state of Borno, …

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‘It feels like there’s no hope’: Nigeria’s worsening job crisis

27 November 2018 Four out of every 10 people in the country’s workforce are either unemployed or underemployed. There has been one single promise that has dominated the election manifestos of Nigeria’s presidential candidates as they seek to lure the support of the country’s voters ahead of polls in February: jobs, jobs and more jobs. This has also been the one issue …

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‘Politicians have failed us’: The despair of Nigeria’s poor

25 November 2018 Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections next year, residents of informal settlements say they expect little to change. Emita Dida, a widowed mother of six, has been living in “Monkey Village” for more than a decade. She is one of thousands of Nigerians to be calling this informal settlement in Lagos’ Ikeja neighbourhood home, sheltering in small shacks jammed …

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Ahead of Nigeria’s election, opposition weaponises soldier deaths

24 November 2018 Hundreds of Nigerian soldiers have been killed in recent months by Islamist militants who the president vowed to defeat when voted into power in 2015 – and the bloodshed has become a useful weapon for opponents aiming to topple him in coming elections. Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been largely silent about the fighting in the northeast as, …

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Russian TV documentary crew finally returns home after two weeks in Nigerian limbo

21 November 2018 An RT (Russia Today) environmental documentary crew, which went to Nigeria to film footage about international oil business and the toll it takes on the environment, was instead caught in red tape limbo and almost prosecuted as spies. The two-person crew, filmmaker Natalya Karachkova and cameraman Dmitry Tararako, safely arrived back in Moscow via Turkey this week …

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Nigerians again wage protest rally to call for Zakzaky’s release

18 November 2018 Nigerian Muslims have once again waged protest rally in the capital of Abuja to demand the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. Calling for justice for the 65-year-old cleric, who was beaten and arrested in 2015 along with his wife on trumped-up allegations, the protesters chanted slogans in support of Zakzaky on Saturday and insisting …

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