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Is President Muhammadu Buhari unwilling to stop the violence in Nigeria?

23 February 2021 Violence is escalating in Nigeria. Is a minister’s assertion that civilians are ‘cowards’ for not fighting armed gangs a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari has reached the end of his tether? Speaking of armed gangs preying upon civilians, Nigerian Minister of Defense Bashir Magashi said, “I don’t know why people are running away from minor, minor, minor things …

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Nigerian military reshuffle belies serious security concerns

27 January 2021 As Nigeria battles a domestic insurgency and wilting trust in its armed forces, President Buhari’s overhaul has exposed exasperation with the military’s ineffectiveness to guarantee security for the country. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced four of the country’s top military heads following months of pressure over the nation’s worsening security crisis.  Buhari, who took office in 2015 with a pledge to …

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The longshot bid to end rampant banditry in Nigeria’s northwest

19 January 2021 ‘We simply have to find a way out of this criminality.’ The scale of Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has long been clear. But it took the abduction last month of more than 340 schoolboys for many people – even within Nigeria – to appreciate just how bad the insecurity has become in the country’s neglected northwest. …

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Buhari has done little to address Nigeria’s ongoing terrorism and insecurity

18 January 2021 Nigeria continues to experience increasing insecurity and violence through frequent attacks by terrorists, bandits and criminal herdsmen, despite repeated promises by President Buhari to crush insurgencies. Uche Igwe raises the political and economic undercurrents that may have perpetuated the conflict while drawing attention to the need for greater coordination and stakeholder scrutiny. Back in 2013, former United States envoy …

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Armed group captures military base in northeast Nigeria

16 January 2021 Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL. Government troops and hundreds of residents have been forced to flee after an armed group overran a town and captured a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state in an attack claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group, security …

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How can a food security crisis be avoided in northern Nigeria?

22 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme took a look at the insecurity crippling much of northeast and northwest Nigeria today, with host Mohammed Jamjoom and guests Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria country director at ONE, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty by 2030, Ovigwe Eguegu, a geopolitical analyst at the security think-tank Afripolitika, and firebrand activist Aisha Yesufu, …

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Nigeria’s latest mass kidnapping ‘symptomatic of inadequacies built up over years’

21 December 2020 The mass kidnapping of 344 schoolboys in Nigeria’s north-eastern Katsina State and their subsequent release this week is indicative of the continuing security challenges President Muhammadu Buhari faces in northern Nigeria and the country as a whole, a top Nigeria expert has told RFI.  “The capacity of the state to deal with these problems is questionable sometimes, …

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Nigeria: Vigilantes rescue kidnapped children

20 December 2020 Local vigilantes and police have rescued a group of children who were kidnapped by an armed gang. The release followed a shoot-out in northwestern Nigeria. Vigilantes from a small village in northern Nigeria rescued scores of children who had been abducted while returning from a religious ceremony, police said on Sunday. Armed bandits kidnapped 80 children on Saturday as they were …

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Nigeria: Boko Haram ‘didn’t kidnap’ 344 boys

8 December 2020 Authorities in northern Nigeria have confirmed that bandits — and not Boko Haram Islamists — kidnapped the now-rescued 344 schoolboys a week ago in Kankara. The abduction gripped a nation already incensed by insecurity. The governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, told DW in an exclusive interview on Friday that “bandits and not Boko Haram kidnapped …

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Nigerian schoolboys’ kidnapping claimed by Boko Haram

16 December 2020 Last week’s kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys in northwestern Nigeria has reportedly been claimed by Boko Haram. The jihadi group was behind the abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014. In his voice message, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said his militia was behind Friday’s nighttime kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys, online newspaper The Daily Nigerian reported …

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