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Nigeria cracks down on separatists as security issues mount in the north

22 July 2021 The arrest of another separatist activist wanted by Nigeria sends a clear message that President Buhari won’t tolerate secessionist aspirations. But critics say there’s much more at play than just arresting figureheads. Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, known popularly in Nigeria as Sunday Igboho, was arrested in neighboring Benin on Monday evening, according to media reports. He …

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What drives the Indigenous People of Biafra’s relentless efforts for secession

16 July 2021 In late June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was rearrested. He was first arrested back in October 2015 for treasonable felony as well as disturbing the peace and violations of human rights. He jumped bail and fled Nigeria in 2017. Kanu’s rearrest was greeted with euphoria in government circles. This is because he has established himself …

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Wole Soyinka: Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped

7 July 2021 Wole Soyinka spoke to the BBC about the recent abduction of Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu calling it a “kidnap”. The Nobel Prize in Literature winner predicted that there would be an outcry when the truth about how Kanu was captured is revealed. Kanu was reportedly based in the United Kingdom and had a British passport, while leading …

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Twitter removes Nigerian president’s ‘abusive’ civil war post

2 June 2021 The social media company says the post violated its abusive behaviour policy, leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account. Twitter has removed a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings. The move on Wednesday came as Buhari’s tweet, referring to a civil war in the southeastern …

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Biafran Remembrance Day and fascism

31 May 2021 30 May is meant to commemorate the millions of people who died on the Biafran side during the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970. This year, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the leading separatist group, is remembering war victims over two days, with a candlelit march on Sunday evening and a strict order for people …

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Nigeria’s unhappy union: How growing insecurity threatens the country’s future

9 April 2021 An attack this week on a police headquarters and prison in southeastern Nigeria is the latest example of the country’s fast-deteriorating security situation, which is raising deeper questions about the unity of this fractious regional superpower, political and security analysts warn. “The state no longer has the monopoly of force, it’s lost control,” Idayat Hassan, director of …

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Hundreds of prisoners escape in Owerri amid armed attack

5 April 2021 Nigeria has experienced one of its largest jailbreaks — involving more than 1,800 inmates — after gunmen attacked a prison in the south of the country. More than 1,800 inmates of a prison in southern Nigeria have escaped after heavily armed men attacked the facility in the early hours of the morning, prison authorities said on Monday. …

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Nigerian military reshuffle belies serious security concerns

27 January 2021 As Nigeria battles a domestic insurgency and wilting trust in its armed forces, President Buhari’s overhaul has exposed exasperation with the military’s ineffectiveness to guarantee security for the country. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced four of the country’s top military heads following months of pressure over the nation’s worsening security crisis.  Buhari, who took office in 2015 with a pledge to …

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