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Human Rights Watch World Report 2019: Nigeria

18 January 2019 Human Rights Watch published their 674-page World Report 2019, the 29th edition, yesterday. We reproduce some key parts of the section on Nigeria below. Heightened political tensions ahead of the 2019 elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election defined Nigeria’s rights landscape in 2018. Despite notable military advances, and apparently premature proclamations of Boko Haram’s defeat by government …

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British peer accuses Buhari of “ineffectiveness” in dealing with Fulani herdsmen violence

20 December 2018 The House of Lords in the UK held a debate titled “Nigeria: Intercommunal violence” on Tuesday. During the debate, Liberal Democrat Lord Chidgey said: “… following Amnesty International’s report yesterday which confirmed that more than half of the 3,600-plus deaths over the past three years of the conflict in Nigeria have occurred this year, what discussions are …

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President Buhari is frankly a disappointment – Congressman Chris Smith

14 December 2018 Rep. Chris Smith (Republican-New Jersey’s 4th District), Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations, spoke yesterday  a Subcommittee hearing he chaired on “Nigeria At a Crossroads: The Upcoming Election”. Watch his remarks below: Excerpts from his remarks are reproduced below: “Nigeria today is clearly …

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Nigeria in Top 10 countries at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019

14 December 2018 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has named the countries most at risk of being hit by humanitarian catastrophe next year.  Top of the list is Yemen, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and then South Sudan. The next countries are Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Somalia.  The IRC “responds to the world’s worst …

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Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

1 December 2018 Insecurity is a major electoral issue for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks re-election in 2019 polls. As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country’s northeast in 2018, pushing into towns …

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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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