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No end in sight to Nigeria’s border closures

19 September 2019 Nigerian border crossings with Benin and Niger remain sealed despite a warning from West Africa’s regional grouping that the shutdown is harming prosperity. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appealed to the Nigerian government to reopen its borders.  It warned that the partial closing of border crossings to Benin and Niger, which prevents the …

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Xenophobia: Time for cool heads to prevail in Nigeria and South Africa

10 September 2019 The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have ignited the long-standing tensions between the country and Nigeria. These are captured in the retaliatory attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria and the diplomatic outrage by Nigerian authorities. Nigeria also boycotted the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Cape Town. More critical was the temporary closure of South African missions in Abuja and …

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Nigerian officials ponder next move in $9bn energy scandal

4 September 2019 As war of words continues over potential loss of assets, mixed messages of negotiation and scam emanate from government Nigeria’s top government officials have met to discuss their next move in the $9bn (£7.4bn) energy scandal that is poised to cost their economy dear. As they exited Monday’s high-level meeting, chaired by vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, the participants …

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The Nigerian govt lacks the moral authority to condemn xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa

3 September 2019 It is becoming disturbingly routine for some South Africans to target Nigerians and other foreigners in violent attacks.  Yesterday in Johannesburg rioters targeted and looted shops owned by foreigners, mostly Nigerians. Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama responded on Twitter: Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by …

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