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Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns brutal repression of “Revolution Now” protest

8 August 2020 Below is a statement by the Socialist Party of Nigeria on the attack by Nigerian security forces against protesters in Abuja on Wednesday. The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) sternly condemns the attacks on the democratic rights of the “Revolution Now” protesters by the security operatives on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The protest was organised by activists …

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 response rated “below average”

24 July 2020 Susan Joshua, 30, sells roasted maize on the roadside in Abuja’s Maitama district. She and her family’s livelihoods depend on the business. When Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital, went into lockdown in late March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Joshua was confined to home like millions of other Nigerians. Now life is slowly returning to normal in Abuja. “We are back …

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Nigerian food prices rise during Ramadan

17 May 2020 The cost of some items has doubled, and prices are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Nigerians are complaining about rising food prices during Ramadan. The cost of some items has doubled, and they are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris has been speaking with …

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Oil slump: Nigeria economy to contract 3.4% in 2020

6 May 2020 Africa’s top oil producer cut its budget for a second time this year; it expects to earn far less oil revenue in 2020. Nigeria’s economy is projected to contract by 3.4% this year, government officials said on Tuesday, as dwindling oil revenues and the new coronavirus forced it to cut budget plans for a second time. The West African …

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Nigeria reports record infections hours after lockdown was eased

5 May 2020 Number of COVID-19 cases jumps by 245, the day Nigeria began phasing out emergency measures. Nigeria has recorded its highest single-day infection rate of COVID-19, the day Africa’s biggest economy began a six-week phase-out period of the emergency lockdown measures. A total of 245 new cases were confirmed on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 73 …

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Nigeria’s president eases COVID-19 restrictions, citing economic hardship

28 April 2020 Nigeria’s president has announced the country will begin easing a more than month-long coronavirus lockdown in the capital Abuja, and its largest city, Lagos, even as he imposed restrictions on another city where COVID-19 has surged. President Muhammadu Buhari said the stay-at-home orders imposed on March 30 have come at a “very heavy economic cost,” as ordinary …

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Nigerian president’s top aide and ‘de facto head of govt’ dies of Covid-19

19 April 2020 The powerful chief of staff to Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the presidency said Saturday.  In a statement, the Nigerian presidential office said it “regrets to announce the passage” of Abba Kyari, who acted as gatekeeper to the leader of Africa’s most populous nation. “The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging Covid-19, and …

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Nigeria: Protect most vulnerable in COVID-19 response

15 April 2020 Extended lockdown threatens livelihoods of millions Nigeria’s federal and state governments should ensure the rights to food, shelter, and other basic necessities for people losing jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic assistance that the government has announced in response to the virus has exposed inadequacies in Nigeria’s social protection systems and risks excluding the country’s …

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