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UK House of Lords slams Nigerian govt inaction and labelling of escalating violence as “herdsmen/farmers” clashes

29 June 2018 In Nigerian official and media circles and even wider, the never-ending mass murder by Fulani herdsmen/militia has regularly been tagged “herdsmen and farmer clashes”.  Naijiant.com has long argued that this label muddies the waters and fails to show the clear divide between perpetrators and victims.  This theme was taken up yesterday in the House of Lords during …

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Buhari has failed to end Fulani herdsmen violence – Human Rights Watch

28 June 2018 Human Rights Watch in a press statement today spoke about government failure in Nigeria to protect its citizens.  The statement is reproduced in full below. Urgently Step Up Investigations; Hold Attackers to Account The death of at least 86 people in attacks on six villages in Plateau State, Nigeria, is the most recent in a shocking spate of reprisal violence …

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Mayhem in Nigeria’s Middle Belt

Fighting between Nigerian farmers and herders is getting worse An age-old rivalry has grown deadlier, thanks to climate change, bad government and plentiful guns Maris Gidwell unwinds the bandage from her forearm and removes a wooden splint. Two fingers are missing. Her arm shakes as she tells how, as dawn broke, she heard shouts warning the residents of Lawaru, in …

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Nigeria is one of the countries where Christians face the greatest persecution – British MP Carol Monaghan

British MP Carol Monaghan, of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and representing Glasgow North West, said on Tuesday that “Nigeria is one of the countries where Christians face the greatest degree of persecution”.  The MP was speaking during a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on “Christians Overseas”. The debate was called by the Conservative MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp, asking …

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‘Buhari must wake up’ Nigeria’s bishops say after church attack

Nationwide protests were held this week in Nigeria to mark the funeral of two priests and 17 church members in Benue State. The government must do more to protect the people, Nigeria’s Catholic bishops say. Felicia Tabo slowly makes her way through the crowds of people. “I came all the way from Abuja,” Tabo says, pushing her way closer to the altar …

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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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