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Nigeria: The politicised herders and farmers conflict

17 July 2019 Special grazing zones and settlements for pastoralist Fulani groups were supposed to be the answer to the heated farmers and herders conflict. It has instead become a highly politicised debate. It appeared to be a done deal. Nigeria’s government under President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that they would be introducing the so-called Ruga settlements –  a Hausa …

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#NigeriaDecides2019: INEC official shot in Benue State

24 March 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that one of its officials was shot in Benue State, as a (s)election rerun was being held yesterday to determine who will govern the state for the next four years. Breaking News: 1. @inecnigeria can confirm that its Governorship election collation officer for Gboko LGA Benue State, Prof. (Mrs.) …

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Violence and intimidation mar re-run polls in Nigeria

23 March 2019 Violence and voter intimidation once again marred polls in Nigeria Saturday, as voters tried to take part in re-run governorship and state elections already postponed once because of unrest. An opposition spokesman said some of their agents had been killed in the violence and called on election officials to cancel the vote again. Armed men armed with …

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British MP asks whether Buhari being a Fulani is influencing his inaction against Fulani herdsmen

28 November 2018 British MPs held a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday titled: “Nigeria: Armed Violence (Rural Communities)”.  Jim Shannon, who introduced the debate, asked fellow MP John Howell:”Given his knowledge of Nigeria, can the hon. Gentleman see any reason why the Nigerian Government have been reluctant, unable or unwilling to respond to the high levels of violence?”  Howell, the …

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British MP Fiona Bruce accuses Fulani herdsmen of “genocide” in Nigeria

25 October 2018 Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton in Cheshire, said in the House of Commons today that “nothing less than genocide is unfolding in Nigeria”.  Bruce was speaking during a debate to mark this year’s International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day. The MP said:  ‘I will now turn to Nigeria—I know that my hon. Friend the Member …

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“The good, peaceful Fulani need to tell their story”

12 September 2018 The mockery of pastoralist Fulani over their enthusiasm for cows has made way for the slurs of “terrorists” and “militia” as disputes with others in West Africa lead to bloodshed. In Nigeria they face other problems too. The voices of the two boys, neither older than 16, carry over the sound of more than 20 cows trotting …

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