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What can be done to fight rural banditry in northern Nigeria?

12 September 2019 Banditry is on the increase in northern Nigeria. This is a region with many security problems, chief among them Boko Haram’s insurgency. In the north-central region, herdsmen militancy has become a key security concern. Northwest Nigeria, which used to be the bastion of security and stability, has been hit hard by rural banditry. I have explored this situation …

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UN calls for urgent action to end violence in Nigeria

4 September 2019 UN special rapporteur says deadly attacks rocking Nigeria could have a ripple effect throughout the region. The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned rising violence across Nigeria and a “lack of accountability” for perpetrators. Agnes Callamard, speaking at a news conference on Monday in Nigeria’s capital, said the country needed urgent action to end the “pressure cooker” of violence …

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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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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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Pastor Sarah Omakwu slams Buhari’s inaction on insecurity in Nigeria

24 June 2019 Pastor Sarah Omakwu of the Family Worship Centre in Abuja delivered a sermon at her church two weeks ago about insecurity in Nigeria that has since gone viral over social media. In the sermon at the megachurch that lasted close to 20 minutes, Omakwu spoke about Nigeria not being an Islamic country, suggesting President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t …

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Nigeria land struggle: Farmers fight over resources

15 June 2019 For centuries, the Fulani people have lived interdependent lives with the farmers but the past 30 years have tested that harmony. Competition for resources between farmers and cattle herders in sub-Saharan Africa is becoming deadlier. Hundreds are killed every year as the two sides fight over land and water amid the worsening shortage of food in the …

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