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‘Unrelenting’ insecurity: Nigeria reels after massacre of farmers

30 November 2020 Outrage in Nigeria after dozens of labourers working in rice fields were slaughtered, in latest attack to hit the country’s northeast. Security forces and volunteer vigilante groups in northeastern Nigeria are searching to find people still missing after dozens of civilians working in rice fields were slaughtered by armed men over the weekend. Locals say they recovered …

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Video reveals Nigerian air force learning to fly helicopters in England amid human rights concerns

11 November 2020 Nigerian air force personnel are learning to fly helicopters in Newquay, southwest England, amid allegations by Amnesty International that military aircraft have killed civilians in Nigeria. Yet the UK’s Ministry of Defence says it has no knowledge of this training. Investigative journalists from Declassified caught three Nigerian air force personnel on camera in the Cornish surfing resort of …

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Fear dominates the lives of Nigerians: the consequences are dire

2 November 2020 Is Nigeria a failed state? Former president and would-be elder statesman Olusegun Obasanjo seems to think so… well, almost. On October 1, 2020 – the day Nigeria marked 60 years of independence from colonial rule – the former president claimed Nigeria is fast drifting toward a failed and badly divided state… Of course, Obasanjo’s statement is self-serving. The …

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Understanding Nigeria’s economic and security challenges under President Buhari

9 October 2020 President Buhari of Nigeria has asserted that after five years in power he has improved the economy and improved citizens’ lives by lifting millions out of poverty. The country’s new and unenviable reputation as the world’s ‘poverty capital’, however, has triggered questions about Buhari’s commitments, with ongoing national insecurity among factors affecting Nigeria’s economic direction. Riding the …

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The Nigerian university that defies Boko Haram

25 September 2020 The University of Maiduguri has stayed open at the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. A new book gives voice to the Nigerian academics who faced off with the radical Islamists who reject Western education as sinful. The University of Maiduguri, commonly known by its acronym UNIMAID, is the largest institute of higher learning in northeastern Borno …

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What’s being done to keep learning going in northern Nigeria?

10 September 2020 In observance of the first-ever ‘International Day to Protect Education from Attack’ on 9 September, Al Jazeera’s The Stream is partnering with Witness to discuss a new documentary on the subject. Ahmad the Architect follows Ahmad Buba, a man on a mission to help his native Nigeria undo the harm caused by Boko Haram, an armed group …

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Nigeria’s rising number of missing persons

31 August 2020 Authorities should create database, provide information, reunite families Hundreds of people are missing from a town in northeast Nigeria following an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on August 18. Witnesses told me most were abducted by the insurgents or went missing as they fled the attack on the town of Kukawa in Borno state. Thousands of people have …

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Armed fighters take hundreds hostage in Nigeria’s Borno state

20 August 2020 Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province, a splinter group of Boko Haram, overran Kukawa town on Tuesday. Armed fighters have taken hundreds of hostages in a northeast Nigerian town where residents had only just returned after fleeing their homes, residents and militia sources said on Wednesday. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, a splinter group …

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