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How can Boko Haram be defeated?

Counter-terrorism has proven difficult for even security forces more sophisticated than Nigeria’s. This article from Open Canada demonstrates how a military approach should not be the only route to a solution. Boko Haram’s Evolution: How it got this far, and how to stop it By EJ Hogendoorn, Addressing bad governance, corruption and under-development is more crucial than military counter-measures. Boko …

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John Salako determined to excel as a coach

John Salako, the former Crystal Palace right winger, could have played for Nigeria and possibly have earned more than the five caps he got with England, but he turned Nigeria down. He was born in Ibadan of a Nigerian father and an English mother. After many years of rejection for coaching vacancies, he got a break from his former team-mate …

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The Marginalised Nigerian Youth and the curious case of Femi Pedro

A Rejoinder by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA suleaos@gmail.com Dear Otunba Pedro, A couple of days ago, while talking to my sister, she asked me whether I had read an article written by Femi Pedro which was trending on social media. I hadn’t, but as we were speaking over the phone, I did a Google search and came across your article …

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The homeless of Badia East failed by the Lagos State government

Thousands of families with children are sleeping rough after being evicted from their homes in Badia East in Lagos. The Lagos State government led by Akinwunmi Ambode has ignored its constitutional responsibilities. The Nigerian Constitution is quite clear on this. Chapter 2, section 16(2)(d) states: “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and …

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How oily deals make millions of dollars disappear in Nigeria

A transparency watchdog NGO, Global Witness, has detailed how shady oil deals help millions of dollars disappear in Nigeria (other African countries) and contribute towards poverty. The report “lays bare how anonymous companies facilitate the loss of national wealth on an epic scale.” It details contracts in Nigeria, Angola and the two Congos. The report is available here. Nigeria’s missing …

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Ahmed Musa looking to make his mark on Manchester United

Nigeria’s new captain Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow faces Manchester United in Moscow this evening hoping to make his mark against the English team. Musa comes into the game in good form. If he keeps his composure in front of goal, United could be in big trouble. This article is from ESPN. Nigeria star Ahmed Musa ready to shine against …

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Terror in Nigeria’s bread basket

A low-intensity war has been raging in north-central Nigeria (aka the Middle Belt) for over a decade. We have written about it on Naijiant, but it has been largely ignored by much of the Nigerian media. The president has failed to comment on the issue. A few days ago, the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, condemned cattle rustlers saying they …

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Odion Ighalo – deadly striker with a heart of gold

Odion Ighalo, the Nigeria and Watford striker, has set the English Premier League alight this season. He also scored last week for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Cameroon. He aims his shooting boots against Arsenal this evening. This article is from the Daily Mirror. Watford’s Odion Ighalo discusses his heart of Gold and hopes of reuniting with Arsenal’s …

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Some facts about Kate Osamor, British MP

Kate Osamor, the 47 year old MP for Edmonton in North London, was elected to the UK Parliament in May. She was born in Tottenham and her mother is Nigerian-born activist Martha Osamor. The current edition of Private Eye magazine provided this lowdown on Kate and Martha. In 1989, Martha Osamor won the most local nominations to be Labour’s candidate …

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Alex Iwobi in focus

Arsenal’s young forward and Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew, who has pledged to play for Nigeria, is profiled here. This article was originally published in the UK’s Telegraph. Arsenal tie down young Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi to a new long term contract: but who is he? We profile the teenage forward Alex Iwobi, who has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal …

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