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A brief look at Shehu Shagari’s presidency

30 December 2018 The death of Second Republic president Shehu Shagari on Friday has kicked off quite a bit of historic revisionism from some quarters. Shagari was president from 1979 until his government was overthrown in a military coup on 31 December 1983 that installed Muhammadu Buhari as head of the ruling junta. Some have argued that Nigeria could have …

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Nigeria: End impunity for killings of Shia

12 December 2018 Halt crackdown on protests Nigerian authorities have failed to ensure justice for the killings of hundreds of members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) since 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a video of security forces’ violent crackdowns against members of the IMN. On December 12, 2015, the Nigeria army used disproportionate force against the group’s street …

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Abuja vibes don’t feel good for Buhari

11 December 2018 Abuja, Nigeria’s once-gleaming and supposedly modern capital, mainly built in the 1990s, seems to be a shadow of its former self.  Yours truly spent the last weekend there and tried to gauge the national mood with the 2019 presidential (s)election less than three months away. On the drive to Gwarimpa from the airport, my host was already …

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‘It feels like there’s no hope’: Nigeria’s worsening job crisis

27 November 2018 Four out of every 10 people in the country’s workforce are either unemployed or underemployed. There has been one single promise that has dominated the election manifestos of Nigeria’s presidential candidates as they seek to lure the support of the country’s voters ahead of polls in February: jobs, jobs and more jobs. This has also been the one issue …

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Nigerians again wage protest rally to call for Zakzaky’s release

18 November 2018 Nigerian Muslims have once again waged protest rally in the capital of Abuja to demand the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. Calling for justice for the 65-year-old cleric, who was beaten and arrested in 2015 along with his wife on trumped-up allegations, the protesters chanted slogans in support of Zakzaky on Saturday and insisting …

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Barbaric Nigerian military spokesman justifies killing of Shia civilians on TV

4 November 2018 Brigadier-General John Agim, the acting director of defence information, said in an interview yesterday in response to why the Nigerian army gunned down about 46 Shia Muslims in the country’s capital of Abuja that: “Nobody can take on the military.  We don’t have rubber bullets”, adding chillingly, that anyone prepared to “take on” the army better “be …

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Nigeria’s security forces must be held accountable for killing of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters

2 November 2018 Strong evidence that soldiers used automatic firearms on Shi’a Muslims holding religious procession and protest At least 39 protesters killed, and 122 injured, in a single day Victims include men, women and children An investigation by Amnesty International shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least …

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