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Nigerian oil and the disappearing money

5 January 2020 Nigeria has the biggest oil reserves in Africa but who’s cashing in? Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and has its biggest economy. But it’s also coping with crushing levels of poverty. So where does all that oil money go? “Start Here” on Al Jazeera examines the issue below: Follow @naijiant

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Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

18 December 2019 Plan to overhaul internet laws will curtail fake news, supporters say, but critics cry foul over threat to free speech. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have banded together online to call for the scrapping of a bill which, they say, threatens to roll back internet freedoms in the country. The proposed legislation – officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood …

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The secret prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

13 December 2019 The case against Abiri sets a dangerous precedent, threatening freedom of the press in Nigeria. A familiar secrecy is set to dominate the renewed prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri. On December 12, Abiri is scheduled to appear again in federal court where he is charged with terrorism, sabotage and cybercrimes. The prosecution says they have new evidence against him but …

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Diezani Madueke implicated in diplomatic passport scandal

Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Madueke, has been named in an Al Jazeera documentary, “Diplomats” for sale”, as having obtained a Dominican Republic diplomatic passport to avoid prosecution for corruption. Madueke, currently in London, is facing several charges of corruption and money laundering both back in Nigeria and in the UK. The programme reveals that a few days before she …

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Wole Soyinka: Nigeria on a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity

22 November 2019 Nobel literature laureate and activist Wole Soyinka described his country, Nigeria, as being in an “intractable situation” in which it was on what he called “a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity”. This was due to the “astronomical rise in kidnapping for ransom, rape, paedophilia, sex trafficking” and other forms of inhumanity across the country. Soyinka …

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Nigeria border closure: Businesses complain of revenue loss

26 October 2019 The government says it wants to stop smugglers and criminals who pose a threat to the country and its economy and will keep the borders closed for now. Business owners in Nigeria are complaining they have lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the government closed a border crossing with neighbouring Benin. Authorities say they are trying to stop illegal …

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Ola Aina’s remarkable story

24 October 2019 Born in London to Nigerian immigrants, Ola Aina remembers the sacrifices his parents made to make his dreams a reality. At the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt earlier this year, 23-year-old Ola Aina played in his first major international tournament, helping the Nigerian national team to a third-place finish. In doing so, he completed a remarkable …

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Nigeria’s land borders closed to all goods, official confirms

16 October 2019 Ban since summer on goods imported via land borders has pushed up food prices and pummeled neighbouring Benin’s economy. Nigeria has closed its land borders to all movement of goods and has no timeline for reopening them, the head of the nation’s customs agency said. “All goods, for now, are banned from being exported or imported through our …

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Nigeria has a mental health problem

10 October 2019 One in four Nigerians suffers from mental illness, but help is hampered by tight budgets and a lack of skilled staff. On the outside, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba seems tranquil. But on the inside of this century-old facility – one of only a half-dozen psychiatric centres in Lagos, and the only one run by the federal …

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Nigeria works to end violence in ‘Wild West’

8 September 2019 After years of military action in north-west Nigeria, the government is choosing dialogue to end killings and kidnapping mainly by nomadic cattle herders. Government officials say they want to tackle the injustices that fueled the crisis in the first place. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria. Follow @naijiant

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