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What studying history at school can do for Nigerians

6 August 2021 History was removed from the Nigerian school curriculum in 2009 – supposedly because students avoided the subject, graduates didn’t have job prospects and teachers were scarce. But Nigerians weren’t happy with the decision and it has now been reversed. The government has directed that history should be taught as a standalone subject from the 2020/21 academic session. The Conversation Africa’s Wale …

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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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