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Nigeria’s Fulani-farmer conflict displaces many

Hundreds of thousands displaced as disputes over territory in central Nigeria continue to escalate between farmers and ethnic Fulani herdsmen. Disputes over territory in central Nigeria have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Aid workers now fear a growing humanitarian crisis in Benue state. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Makurdi in Benue state, central Nigeria. Follow @naijiant

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Fulani herdsmen violence: It’s about more than land

Clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria have left hundreds dead in the past few months. While West African regional leaders met to address the crisis, Nigerian lawmakers are calling President Buhari to task. Eighteen people, including two priests, were killed in an attack on a church in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Tuesday. The killings were blamed …

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Will Buhari learn this leadership lesson from Cyril Ramaphosa?

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa were in London with other rulers of the Commonwealth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which is meant to run from 16 to 20 April (ending later today). Ramaphosa has had to cut short his attendance of the summit to return home to deal with violent protests.  Clashes have …

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Activist and lawyer Manni Ochugboju promises a new kind of politics in Benue State

The contest for the Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue State in 2019 will feature a new face, promising a fresh approach to representative politics and real change.  The promise comes not from a professional politician, but from Manni Ochugboju, a former activist of the National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) and a London based lawyer of 27 years before relocating to …

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Violence in Nigeria’s swing states could cost Buhari votes

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for re-election next year could hinge on the swing states of the country’s “Middle Belt”. Worryingly for him, a surge in violence there and rising food prices are chipping away at his support. The 75-year-old former military ruler declared this week that he would seek another term, ending months of speculation about his future after …

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Head of German TV’s Hausa service says Nigeria deserves better than four more years of Buhari

Thomas Mosch, the Head of the Hausa Service at DW, Germany’s international state-owned broadcaster, has weighed in on the raging debate in Nigeria following President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his intention to seek a second term. Mosch’s opinion is reproduced in full below. President Muhammadu Buhari’s election victory three years ago was a moment of joy for many Nigerians. For …

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Buhari has failed and should go back to Daura in 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari announced yesterday that he is seeking re-election in 2019.  If anyone was in any doubt about his lack of emotional intelligence (constitutional expert Ben Nwabueze also claimed that he lacked the intellectual capacity to rule Nigeria) and his insensitivity, the president’s bid to continue in office was made public as he left Nigeria for London. Buhari campaigned …

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Following letter from Tivs in the UK, Archbishop of Canterbury offers to help resolve Fulani herdsmen crisis

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury has today said in relation to Fulani herdsmen violence: “I once again exhort President Muhammadu Buhari and other authorities, civil and religious, national and international, urgently to build a coalition to end this violence immediately. “In communications earlier this year with the Primate of All Nigeria, His Grace Nicholas Okoh, I offered to contribute …

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