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Nigeria’s hottest striker Victor Osimhen speaks on life at Lille

6 January 2019 Victor Osimhen has taken the French first division by storm this term – this his debut season for Lille, scoring 10 goals in 18 appearances and attracting interest from European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. In this interview, Osimhen attributes “almost half of my success” to his former Nigeria Under-17 coach Emmanuel Amunike, who …

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Nigerian oil and the disappearing money

5 January 2020 Nigeria has the biggest oil reserves in Africa but who’s cashing in? Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and has its biggest economy. But it’s also coping with crushing levels of poverty. So where does all that oil money go? “Start Here” on Al Jazeera examines the issue below: Follow @naijiant

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Opeyemi Sowore calls on the UN to help bring her husband home

21 December 2019 Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore, the New Jersey-based publisher of Sahara Reporters currently being detained by the Nigerian authorities, has asked the United Nations to intervene against the “lawlessness” of the Nigerian government. The activist was held in August and charged with “treason” after calling for a “revolution” in Nigeria. His wife spoke to CNN. …

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US senator Bob Menendez condemns harassment & rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria

7 December 2019 Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and New Jersey resident, was rearrested in dramatic scenes in Nigeria. Sowore was first arrested in August and was released yesterday, after the Nigerian government ignored two court orders. But he …

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London-born Joe Aribo speaks on choosing to play for Nigeria

6 December 2019 Joe Aribo, the Glasgow Rangers midfielder, born in Camberwell, south London, made a scoring debut for Nigeria against Ukraine in September this year. In this interview, he reflects on his choice to represent the country of his parents’ birth, how he looked up to Jay Jay Okocha and Peter Odemwingie and his playing style. Follow @naijiant

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Diezani Madueke implicated in diplomatic passport scandal

Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Madueke, has been named in an Al Jazeera documentary, “Diplomats” for sale”, as having obtained a Dominican Republic diplomatic passport to avoid prosecution for corruption. Madueke, currently in London, is facing several charges of corruption and money laundering both back in Nigeria and in the UK. The programme reveals that a few days before she …

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Wole Soyinka: Nigeria on a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity

22 November 2019 Nobel literature laureate and activist Wole Soyinka described his country, Nigeria, as being in an “intractable situation” in which it was on what he called “a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity”. This was due to the “astronomical rise in kidnapping for ransom, rape, paedophilia, sex trafficking” and other forms of inhumanity across the country. Soyinka …

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Nigeria: People With Mental Health Conditions Chained, Abused

11 November 2019 Ban Chaining; Provide Mental Health Services Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. Detention, chaining, and violent treatment are pervasive in many settings, including state hospitals, rehabilitation centers, traditional healing centers, and both Christian and Islamic faith-based facilities. “People …

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