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Britain is fantastically corrupt and should be ashamed of its complicity in Nigerian corruption

David Cameron, then British Prime Minister, infamously labelled Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt” on the eve a publicity stunt that he arranged and tagged an “anti-corruption summit” in May last year. Cameron is heard on tape saying, in a conversation with the English Queen: “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the …

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Joy and relief as Nigeria book World Cup place in Uyo

The ref’s whistle after three minutes of added time at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State signalled an eruption of joy and relief from the stands and in bars and living rooms across Nigeria, as the Super Eagles became the first African country to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year. But the African giants …

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Nigeria kleptocracy tour of London exposes money laundering

Al Jazeera claims it is the side of London that many ignore.  Many Londoners struggling to get on the overheated property market need to see the sort of people pricing them out of the market with money laundered from corrupt practices abroad. Russian anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich and other anti-corruption campaigners in the British capital have organised a bus tour designed …

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Ohanaeze’s John Nnia Nwodo airs his half-baked “restructuring” recipe at Chatham House

Nigeria’s elite love nothing more than a speech at Chatham House, aka the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in St James’s Square at the heart of London. Speaking there conveys a sense of gravitas and international respectability.  Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari made an appearance in February 2015 to claim that the collapse of the Berlin Wall convinced him about the …

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Like Oliver Twist, Obasanjo wanted some more punishment on BBC Hardtalk

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo must be a glutton for punishment.  About five years ago, the combative retired general went head-to-head with the BBC’s Stephen Sackur on the Hardtalk programme.  The journalist used that opportunity to embarrass the former president with his record of corruption and bad governance from his eight years in office from 1999-2007. However, Obasanjo seems incapable of …

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Let’s make homelessness history in Nigeria

Nigeria has a severe housing crisis.  Two-thirds of the population in its commercial capital and richest city Lagos live in slums.  According to the BBC, about 500,000 people move to Lagos every year and there is a housing deficit of 17m units across the country. In 2014, the finance ministry reported that there were only 20,000 open mortgages in the entire …

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Ifeanyi Ubah: Peter Obi wants his 7bn naira back from Willie Obiano

Business mogul Ifeanyi Ubah, who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Anambra State governorship race in November, accused a former governor of the state, Peter Obi, on national TV of trying to extort 7bn naira ($19m) from the current governor Willie Obiano. Ubah alleged that Obi “installed” Obiano as his replacement with the money …

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May quizzed about plight of Igbos in Nigeria

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Kirsty Blackman challenged Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday about human rights threats to Igbos in Nigeria. The challenge came in the weekly encounter in the UK Parliament known as Prime Minister’s Questions, in which MPs question the PM about government business.  Blackman, representing Aberdeen North, asked May: “At the last census, there were 3,000 Aberdonians …

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Cameroon’s Lions regain some pride as they hold Nigeria to a 1-1 draw

Battered, bruised, but not broken from the humiliation of a 4-0 beating from Nigeria last Friday in Uyo, Cameroon came into this second match against their neighbours in the fourth round of the African World Cup qualifiers in Yaounde with their wounded pride at stake.  In the end, they salvaged a draw but not before giving Nigeria an almighty scare …

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Shadow of Nigeria’s Biafra war still looms large, 50 years on

On May 30, 1967, General Emeka Ojukwu declared Nigeria’s southeastern Biafra region an independent state, sparking what would become a bloody civil war that claimed more than one million lives. Fifty years on, many veterans from both sides of the conflict have taken their stories to the grave, but FRANCE 24 managed to meet with some who shared their memories …

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