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How a cancer of corruption steals Nigerian oil, weapons and lives

Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Madueke

In Nigeria, where corruption is part of daily life, police officers routinely demand bribes, local government leaders pocket money meant for schools and the former national security advisor is accused of stealing billions from the military. As part of a week-long series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise,” PBS special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports on the challenges of fighting corruption. Watch the …

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Can Nigeria’s booming economy lift its poorest people?

Nigeria is a nation of superlatives. It’s Africa’s richest country and its fastest growing economy. At the same time, millions still live in poverty and lack basic services like running water. As part of a week-long series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise,” special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports on the country’s massive economic surge, new millionaires, growing inequality and those fighting to …

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Civilians are caught in the middle of the war against Boko Haram

While the Nigerian military has made significant gains against Boko Haram, killings by the group continue, with some civilians caught in the middle. As part of a week-long series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise,” special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports with producer and cameraman Zack Fannin on the government’s attempts to wipe out the militant group. Watch Episode One: Follow @naijiant

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PBS Newshour on poverty, corruption and violence in Nigeria

A new PBS Newshour series “Pain and Promise” looks at how poverty and corruption is fuelling Boko Haram violence. In Nigeria, poverty and corruption have fueled the terror group Boko Haram, which is the subject of the new series, “Pain and Promise.” NewsHour Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin, who traveled to the country to report on the threat of Boko Haram, …

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DSS files application to withdraw case against Kanu

The Department of State Services (DSS) have filed to withdraw the case against the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). Kanu was charged with criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation and appeared in the Chief Magistrate Court today. The prosecution then applied to withdraw the case because they had uncovered new facts that required further investigation. This is in …

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Homeless in their own country

Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency made at least two million Nigerians homeless in their own country. As large swathes of the northeast remain no-go areas, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other partners are providing vital aid, including bedding and cooking utensils to those driven into internal exile. Watch the video from the UNHCR on the plight of the …

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Goodluck to Washington via Tanzania

Former president Goodluck Jonathan, milking his new role as a (s)election loser and democrazy champion, was in Washington’s National Democratic Institute (NDI) to talk about his role as an international observer in the recent Tanzanian elections. Watch the video here: Incidentally, it was the same venue, and the same interviewer, in which President Muhammadu Buhari made his infamous statement about …

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US tycoon helping Chibok girls

Everyone seems to have forgotten the Chibok girls who were kidnapped from their school in May 2014. President Muhammadu Buhari, who campaigned for election as a former military strongman with the know-how to rescue the girls, has been in office since May and says very little about them now. The Bring Back Our Girls campaign group that tried to keep …

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Bennet Omalu and “Concussion”

The film about Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu, starring Will Smith, premiered on Tuesday last week in Hollywood. Omalu, a forensic pathologist, was working in Pittsburgh when he discovered the tragic toll American football had taken on the brain of the late Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster and other gridiron football pros. Omalu fought against attempts by the National Football League …

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Pro-Biafrans protest at Downing Street, London

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) staged a demonstration today in front of Downing Street, London, near the official residence of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The protesters demanded the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained in Nigeria since he was arrested in Lagos on 17 October. They also chanted for “freedom” of Biafra from Nigeria. …

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