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What can be done to fight rural banditry in northern Nigeria?

12 September 2019 Banditry is on the increase in northern Nigeria. This is a region with many security problems, chief among them Boko Haram’s insurgency. In the north-central region, herdsmen militancy has become a key security concern. Northwest Nigeria, which used to be the bastion of security and stability, has been hit hard by rural banditry. I have explored this situation …

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Why has Nigeria banned a Shia Muslim group?

31 July 2019 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme last night took a look at the Nigerian government’s decision to get a court to proscribe the predominantly Shia group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Nigeria’s Muslims are mostly Sunni, including most of the northern Nigeria ruling elite, from President Muhammadu Buhari to state governors and military top brass. Many observers …

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Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

22 April 2019 After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad’s family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, says he would …

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Islamic Movement of Nigeria condemns Tony Blair’s visit to Kaduna

12 April 2019 Members of the Shia-dominated Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) demonstrated in Abuja on Wednesday, condemning former British prime minister Tony Blair’s visit to Kaduna, where he was hosted by the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai. Blair was in Kaduna last Friday, he was also there in July 2017, and the demonstrators blamed Britain and other countries …

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Shi’ites protest at US embassy in Abuja, claim America is supporting terrorism in Nigeria

8 March 2019 Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), protested in front of the United States embassy in Abuja yesterday, claiming that the US was “promoting terrorism” in Nigeria by backing the Nigerian government’s brutality against Shia Muslims. Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged a protest to @USEmbassyAbuja condemning the …

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Nasty Nasir El-Rufai takes official lawlessness in Nigeria to the “Next Level”

7 February 2019 Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has claimed the “Next Level” as an election campaign slogan.  However, little did many Nigerians know that this meant the “next level” of violence to the APC governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. On Tuesday, he said on national television, in response to calls from some quarters for foreign …

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