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Nigeria: The challenges of registering to vote

23 January 2019 The electoral register in Africa’s most populous land now contains more than a record-breaking 84 million names. But Nigerians who want to vote need a lot of time and patience. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has three administrative building complexes in the capital Abuja. Everybody working there is very busy. 84 million Nigerians are called upon …

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Fear of bandits grows in Zamfara

19 January 2019 In Nigeria’s state of Zamfara, villages are regularly attacked by armed gangs. Hundreds of people have died and thousands are fleeing as they no longer feel safe. Why is the government not taking action? Rakiya Bala and her youngest child are standing in front of the hospital in Tsafe, a county in the state of Zamfara in …

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2019: Nigeria

18 January 2019 Human Rights Watch published their 674-page World Report 2019, the 29th edition, yesterday. We reproduce some key parts of the section on Nigeria below. Heightened political tensions ahead of the 2019 elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election defined Nigeria’s rights landscape in 2018. Despite notable military advances, and apparently premature proclamations of Boko Haram’s defeat by government …

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2019 Nigeria election: What you need to know

15 January 2019 As Nigerians prepare to vote in presidential elections on February 16, DW, the German public service broadcaster, looks at the players, the key issues and what role young people are playing in the political sphere. This time next month Nigerians will be heading to the polls to vote in the general election. It looks likely to be …

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In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

11 January 2019 Nigerian authorities should rigorously investigate violence at a political rally in Lagos on January 8, during which at least three journalists were injured by gunfire, and ensure the safety of reporters covering political events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said yesterday. Emmanuel Oladesu, an editor of The Nation Newspaper, Temitope Ogunbanke, a correspondent with the New Telegraph, and Abiodun …

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Nigeria: “Recent fighting has created a humanitarian tragedy” – Humanitarian Coordinator

10 January 2019 The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern following an upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has caused tens of thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes. Clashes on 26 December 2018 between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake …

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Nigeria: Seizing defeat from the jaws of victory

9 January 2018 The Boko Haram ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) faction known as ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province) has stuck with its strategy of concentrating on the security forces and doing so by assembling a large enough number of gunmen to ensure, most of the time, a quick victory. The continued prevalence of corruption and …

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Nigerian army targets newspaper for “undermining security”

7 January 2019 The military raided the offices of the Daily Trust newspaper after it reported on a planned operation against the Boko Haram insurgency. The incident has been described as an attack on press freedom. Nigeria’s military has been accused of undermining press freedom after soldiers raided a newspaper for publishing a front-page story about a planned operation against the Boko …

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How corruption is hindering fight against Boko Haram – ISSA

31 December 2018 Nigeria’s Buhari government Massively upgrades the fight … to protect itself; But Boko Haram still dominates the battlefield Analysis. From GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. A sense of desperation has now enveloped the Nigerian Armed Forces leadership as the insurgencies from Islamist groups — loosely referred to as Boko Haram (BH) — continue to gain dominance over …

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Nigerians fear violence will play a part in February’s (s)elections

31 December 2018 “Vote not fight” is the slogan that helped to make Nigeria’s iconic rapper 2Baba, known previously as 2face Idibia, so popular with young people. He urges his compatriots to vote peacefully when he is onstage and supports various youth organizations’ campaigns for peaceful elections in 2019. As previous votes were marred by violence, many Nigerians fear it will play …

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