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Police attack Shia march in Nigeria

19 October 2019 Nigerian police attacked the symbolic annual Arba’een march in Abuja on Friday.  Police used teargas and live rounds to disperse the followers of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky as soon as the march started. Despite the crackdown, people participated in the mourning procession, but many were arrested.  Supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky condemned the attack on their religious procession, saying …

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Nigeria snatches a draw from the jaws of defeat against Brazil

13 October 2019 The champions of South America squared up against Africa’s third best team in Asia – that’s how global the game is now – as Brazil met Nigeria at Singapore’s national stadium in Kallang earlier today. The Super Eagles would have been the happier of the two teams with the 1-1 result, while the Selecao would rue not …

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Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Identity matters, in Nigeria I’m Igbo, in America I’m black

6 October 2019 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to The Economist’s public policy editor, Sacha Nauta, race, gender and politics at the second annual Open Future Festival. She spoke about how how her identity is both “internal and external”, depending on where she is and other factors. Watch the event below. In response to a question around how she …

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Police fire stun grenades and rubber bullets at IPOB protesters in Pretoria demanding Nigerian President Buhari “takes a DNA test”

4 October 2019 As police clashed with protesters outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Nigerian President Buhari faced a raft of strange accusations on Thursday. Granted, things get a little crazy with politics in South Africa. But it seems our Nigerian brothers and sisters are taking things one step further. As President Buhari came to give a speech in Pretoria following …

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Charles Soludo’s solution-free Independence Day speech

2 October 2019 It was Nigeria’ Independence Day yesterday and I woke up this morning thinking I should write about President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to the nation.  But then thought to myself that many Nigerians have had enough of the president’s monotonous incompetence.  The more Buhari’s incapacity to govern Nigeria manifests itself, the more many Nigerians look longingly towards the …

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Jamilu Collins: Facing Bayern Munich was the toughest game of my career

29 September 2019 Paderborn defender Jamilu Collins struggled at the start of Saturday’s game against Bayern Munich but then gave his team hope. Despite defeat, the 25-year-old Nigerian’s first performance on a bigger stage was promising. Jamilu Collins looked as though he had just finished a training session. He had taken his shirt off, revealing his six pack, but there …

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Nigeria’s Attorney-General Abubakar Malami embarrassed in BBC interview

28 September 2019 Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami must have felt like a criminal in the dock as he was grilled yesterday by the BBC’s Peter Okwoche. Malami was once described by Second Republic politician Junaid Mohammed as a “joker” and a former “charge and bail lawyer” in Kano. It was no joke in this interview, with Malami showing he was …

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Kan EU believe IPOB?

12 September 2019 There has been a social media storm about a purported visit to address the European Union parliament in Brussels by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are campaigning for the secession of Nigeria’s predominantly Igbo southeast from the rest of country. The hoopla was kicked off by Kanu with a …

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Nigeria: Military Holding Children as Boko Haram Suspects

10 September 2019 Thousands Have Been Held in Deplorable Conditions The Nigerian military has arbitrarily detained thousands of children in degrading and inhuman conditions for suspected involvement with the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many children are held without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no …

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