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Is President Muhammadu Buhari unwilling to stop the violence in Nigeria?

23 February 2021 Violence is escalating in Nigeria. Is a minister’s assertion that civilians are ‘cowards’ for not fighting armed gangs a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari has reached the end of his tether? Speaking of armed gangs preying upon civilians, Nigerian Minister of Defense Bashir Magashi said, “I don’t know why people are running away from minor, minor, minor things …

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Buhari has done little to address Nigeria’s ongoing terrorism and insecurity

18 January 2021 Nigeria continues to experience increasing insecurity and violence through frequent attacks by terrorists, bandits and criminal herdsmen, despite repeated promises by President Buhari to crush insurgencies. Uche Igwe raises the political and economic undercurrents that may have perpetuated the conflict while drawing attention to the need for greater coordination and stakeholder scrutiny. Back in 2013, former United States envoy …

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Letter from Abuja: Malami v Magu

4 August 2020 Nigeria, already Africa’s biggest country, is set to overtake China in the world population stakes by the end of the century, according to a study by The Lancet. The prospect does not seem to rattle our short-sighted politicians, but then nor do more immediate challenges: the escalating coronavirus cases and a crumbling economy. Reassuringly, our leaders have …

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How Boko Haram has evolved over the past ten years

13 November 2019 Last month marked ten years since Mohammed Yusuf, founder of Boko Haram, died in police detention. His death led to the radicalisation of the sect and a declaration of Jihad against the Nigerian state. In an earlier paper on the sect I argued that before 2009, its operations were more or less peaceful, but that it was radicalised in 2009 after a confrontation …

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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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Why Buhari’s long-awaited cabinet leaves a lot to be desired

15 August 2019 It took President Muhammadu Buhari 54 days after his second term began to send a list of ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate for screening. This is a better record than his first term, which began in May 2015. Then Nigerians had to wait six months before the list of ministerial portfolios and offices was announced. This time around …

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