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Alex Otti v Okezie Ikpeazu: Interrogating the noise from the opposition

The verdict of the Appeal Court that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate Alex Otti won the governorship election in Abia State, which overturned the decision of the Election Tribunal and the result declared by the electoral commission, continues to inflame the passions of both APGA and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in the state and beyond. This piece …

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Nigeria Plans to Resettle 2.2m People Despite Boko Haram Threat

President Muhammadu Buhari and his propaganda minister Lai Mohammed claimed in December that Boko Haram had been “technically” and “largely” defeated. Buhari backtracked on this claim in his New Year message to Nigerians. Nigerian plans for those displaced by Boko Haram terror to move back to their homes is seen as putting their lives at risk. This article by the …

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Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF

The IMF’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde comes to the end of her four-day visit to Nigeria today, in which she met several senior officials and politicians including President Muhammadu Buhari. While many Nigerians are aware of how organisations like the IMF and World Bank have contributed to the country’s demise, many, including the president, seem to see the IMF as …

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Nigerian government restrictions on foreign exchange hits businesses

Nigeria’s budget came under scrutiny today with the visit of IMF chief Christine Lagarde. President Buhari’s plans are ambitious and Nigeria will have to borrow. He hopes some revenue can be increased by cracking down on corruption. However, recent government restrictions on foreign currency – including the use of Nigerian issued ATM cards abroad are affecting individuals and businesses badly. …

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TUC warns Nigeria to beware of the IMF

The Nigerian government has been warned about its dealings with the International Monetary Fund by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) as the IMF’s Managing Director visits the country and holds meetings with key officials including President Muhammadu Buhari. Press release: The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) strongly advises the Federal Government to beware of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). …

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A cold wind blows for Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram

Life in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp must be a nightmare. This is made even worse as the Harmattan season approaches. This article was originally published by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). By Mohammad Ibrahim KADUNA, 5 January 2016 (IRIN) – The temperature is dropping across northern Nigeria as the seasonal Harmattan winds blow in a haze of …

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Iran demands Nigeria releases Zakzaky

The BBC are reporting that Nigeria is facing Iranian pressure for the release of Shia cleric Ibrahim al-Zakzaky. Iran says it is using all diplomatic channels to pursue the release of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky who was arrested by the Nigerian army last month. “We have used all those channels to warn them [Nigeria] regarding this …

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Boko Haram and the defeat that never was

President Muhammadu Buhari declared just before Christmas that Boko Haram had been “technically” defeated. This followed on from a statement made by his propaganda minister Comical Lai Mohammed that the war against the insurgents had been “largely” won. Both left themselves open to ridicule after deadly attacks by the terrorists two days later left scores dead and wounded. This article …

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ISIS Owns Headlines, but Nigeria’s Boko Haram Kills More Than Ever

Boko Haram are deadlier than ISIS, continue to kill Nigerians and yet President Muhammadu Buhari and his propaganda minister Comical Lai Mohammed want Nigerians to belive that they have been “technically” and “largely” defeated. This report by Alexander Smith from NBC News examines the tragedy. One terror group killed nearly 11,000 people in 2015 — and it wasn’t ISIS. While …

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Goodluck to lobbyists

Former president Goodluck Jonathan was more proactive in lobbying against the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group than he was in actually trying to bring back the Chibok girls. This is an absolute disgrace. This article was originally published in the International Business Times. Goodluck Jonathan Spent Over $4M Lobbying Against Nigeria’s ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign, Lawyer Claims BY …

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