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Nigeria land struggle: Farmers fight over resources

15 June 2019 For centuries, the Fulani people have lived interdependent lives with the farmers but the past 30 years have tested that harmony. Competition for resources between farmers and cattle herders in sub-Saharan Africa is becoming deadlier. Hundreds are killed every year as the two sides fight over land and water amid the worsening shortage of food in the …

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20 years of democracy: Has Nigeria changed for the better?

12 June 2019 Two decades after the West African country’s army handed power to a civilian leader, many question if life has improved. Two decades ago, in a colourful ceremony held in the capital, Abuja, Nigeria’s military handed over power to an elected civilian leader. Generals had ruled the oil-rich West African country for the previous 15 years. The ceremony …

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A Russian dead end for scammed Nigerian footballers

27 May 2019 Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees’ anonymity. Shady agents lured aspiring Nigerian footballers to Russia during the World Cup period, and some remain stranded. At around the time of the 2018 World Cup, several Nigerian men travelled to Russia on a promise.  Agents in the African country had led them to believe that they …

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Nigeria farmers form vigilante groups to confront bandits

15 May 2019 Amid lack of government support, farmers in Zamfara state say they live in fear due to impending attacks from bandits. When bandits attacked Moriki – a small farming community in Nigeria‘s northwestern state of Zamfara – last year and killed 25 villagers, Shamsu Musa did not weep. He stood beside their graves, feeling the weight of Moriki’s sorrow …

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Nigeria violence: Widespread attacks by armed gangs

10 May 2019 There is a growing concern in northern Nigeria where violence has increased significantly. More than 100 people have been killed in the past month by armed gangs. What began as a conflict between farmers and cattle herders a decade ago has now turned into regular killings and kidnappings. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, who went on patrol in …

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Nigeria tribunal to hear petitions on president’s election win

9 May 2019 Election tribunal starts discussing legal challenges to the February vote filed by the main opposition. A panel of five judges at Nigeria‘s appellate court opened a hearing on Wednesday into legal challenges filed by the country’s main opposition against the outcome of February’s presidential polls, as a throng of protesting women converged outside.  The tribunal fixed May 15 as …

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Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

22 April 2019 After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad’s family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, says he would …

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Nigeria building safety: Questions after deadly collapse

18 April 2019 A building collapse in Nigeria last month that killed as many as 20 children is raising questions about construction safety standards. Many are now asking questions about safety standards and what can be done to prevent similar incidents. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Lagos. Follow @naijiant

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Nigeria’s medical brain drain: Healthcare woes as doctors flee

9 April 2019 ‘Brain drain’ impacting healthcare sector as most Nigerian doctors seek better work conditions and pay abroad. In March, hundreds of Nigerian doctors gathered at a hotel in Abuja, the capital, and another in Lagos, the country’s commercial centre, to take a test conducted by the Saudi Arabian health ministry. In a symbol of the Nigerian medical “brain …

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Nigeria to hold local elections amid fears of violence

8 March 2019 Security analysts warn there is a risk of election-related violence in parts of the country. Millions of Nigerians are expected to cast their ballots on Saturday in local elections, two weeks after the country’s presidential and legislative polls were marred by violence and fraud allegations. On the eve of the vote, which will see governorship and state …

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