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Another Buhari blooper: “I visited all 36 states in Abuja”

15 April 2019 A video of President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged on social media with him speaking to a group of Nigerians during a visit to Dubai last week. The president appears in his comments to have granted full independent status to the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja by claiming that, during the (s)election campaign in March, he “visited all …

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United States embassy “disappointed” with electoral fraud in Nigeria

22 March 2019 The US mission in Abuja issued a statement on the ongoing (s)elections in Nigeria. The statement is reproduced in full below. The United States once again congratulates the Nigerian people’s commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.  The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.  …

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Shi’ites protest at US embassy in Abuja, claim America is supporting terrorism in Nigeria

8 March 2019 Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), protested in front of the United States embassy in Abuja yesterday, claiming that the US was “promoting terrorism” in Nigeria by backing the Nigerian government’s brutality against Shia Muslims. Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged a protest to @USEmbassyAbuja condemning the …

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President Buhari’s win challenged by Nigeria’s opposition

28 February 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has been reelected in Saturday’s polls, but his main opposition rival is calling the results “rigged”. The runner-up from the People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar says he’ll challenge the outcome in court. Nigeria’s courts have tended not to favour opposition parties in the past. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa has more from Abuja. Follow @naijiant

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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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