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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigeria’s Failed Promises

LAGOS, Nigeria — I was 7 years old the first time I recognized political fear. My parents and their friends were talking about the government, in our living room, in our relatively big house, set on relatively wide grounds at a southeastern Nigerian university, with doors shut and no strangers present. Yet they spoke in whispers. So ingrained was their …

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Obasanjo’s arrogance in ignorance

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo is always on hand to give his opinion on most of the issues plaguing Nigeria. His opinion is sought frequently by the media and he is regularly speaking at events and different forums, making proclamations on governance, the economy and so on. The main problem with Obasanjo and his speeches is that he was president for …

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What is Nigeria’s “third conflict”?

LAST week armed men attacked a community in Enugu, a state in Nigeria’s south-east. Local press reported that they kidnapped two villagers and that another was “feared dead”. The blame quickly fell on nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who have also been held responsible for a wave of similar attacks across Nigeria. Clashes between the nomads and indigenous tribes killed more than …

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Ben Murray-Bruce: You ain’t making common sense

Ben Murray-Bruce, the senator representing Bayelsa East (or representing Twitter according to his detractors) spoke yesterday in the Senate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s “anti-corruption fight” during a debate about the recession. But the man who loves to claim “I’m just making common sense” seemed to have abandoned his mantra when he alleged that the president’s approach to anti corruption was …

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Govt official in Abuja scared of Fulani herdsmen

Abuja residents have been groaning in recent times about the increase in cattle grazing and being herded in public places and the streets of the nation’s capital. Apart from the public safety risks posed by the cattle, it is also a cause for embarrassment that a purpose-built national capital could be experiencing this ancient grazing practice in this day and …

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Fulani herdsmen imminent attack in Imo State and neighbouring Anambra towns

About 500 Fulani herdsmen are reportedly camped outside the village of Ikpa Ocha in Aro-Ndizuogu, Ideato South Local Government Area (LGA), Imo State and neighbouring Ihitte in Orumba South LGA, Anambra State. They are reportedly camped outside Umunze also in Orumba, as well. The herdsmen are said to be possibly preparing to launch an attack on the communities. One witness …

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Nigeria’s deadly battle for land: Herdsmen v farmers

Farms have been built on ancient routes of a semi-nomadic community in Nigeria, causing violence that has already claimed hundreds of lives this year. Cradling her baby son, Benjamin, Joy Abuh stares intently when she talks about the moment her life changed forever. “The herdsmen shot my husband as he was riding his motorbike,” she told me matter-of-factly. “They then …

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