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Nigeria’s presidential zoning practice comes under scrutiny

12 October 2021 The principle of rotating presidential candidates between the country’s north and south is being challenged as politicians from the major parties begin to vie for positions ahead of the 2023 general election. Since transitioning from military to civilian rule in 1999, Nigeria’s two main political parties — the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — …

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Hope Uzodinma: Running scared of IPOB

21 September 2021 Hope Uzodinma, aka “the Supreme Court governor” of Imo State, is said to be afraid to visit his hometown of Omuma, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State because of the threat posed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or their armed wing the Eastern Security Network (ESN). IPOB are seeking the secession of …

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Why support for secession is growing in southeast Nigeria

17 September 2021 ‘I don’t think Nigerians want a broken country. They think the country is already broken and they’re protesting it.’ When President Muhammadu Buhari flew into southeastern Imo State last week to commission a handful of development projects, he was greeted by deserted streets and shuttered businesses: Residents were demonstrating against his leadership by staying at home. Dressed …

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Lagos has a water and sanitation crisis: what the state and city can do

13 September 2021 The population of Lagos is growing ten times faster than that of New York and Los Angeles. Nigeria’s most densely populated city has almost 25 million people and is adding about 600,000 every year. As with many cities in developing countries, many residents lack an adequate water supply and sanitation: both fundamental human rights essential for the health of all people. Water and sanitation were at …

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Nigeria needs a new industrial strategy

10 September 2021 Seven years after the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, the goal of making Nigeria the preferred manufacturing hub in West Africa has not produced tangible benefits for the country. Inequality, poverty and unemployment rates remain high and in some regions insecurity has worsened. But if a new industrial strategy is needed, what issues should be the focus? The …

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Nigeria’s debt is sustainable, but dangers loom on the horizon

7 September 2021 The World Bank recently ranked Nigeria fifth on the list of 10 countries to which it has the highest debt exposure. Nigeria owes the International Development Association – one of the two lending arms of the World Bank – US$11.7 billion. The International Development Association lends to countries based on their relative poverty or per capita income levels, at low to zero interest …

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Taliban capture of Super Tucano highlights risk in Nigeria

4 September 2021 The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the group’s capture of U.S. military materiel highlights the risk inherent to U.S. arms deals with countries wracked with insecurity. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially placed in service six A-29 Super Tucanos, light turboprop aircraft manufactured by Embraer (Brazil) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (United States). Six more Super Tucanos …

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Are Nigerian lawmakers incentivised to direct public resources to their voters?

27 August 2021 Political parties in Africa are known to forge clientelist rather than programmatic ties to voters, but this does not necessarily mean that parties reward strong ties with local constituents. Research in Nigeria suggests that lawmakers seeking to advance their political careers are incentivised to direct public resources to senior party elites, starving needed development funds in favour …

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A breakdown of Biafra separatism, and where Kanu fits into the picture

20 August 2021 Nnamdi Nwannekaenyi Okwu Kanu is currently one of the most controversial figures in Nigeria. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, one of the Biafra separatist organisations, as well as the director of Radio Biafra. He was born in 1967 in present-day Abia state, South-East Nigeria, to parents from a family of royalty. Kanu was an alumnus …

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Amnesty International: At least 115 people killed by security forces in 4 months in Nigeria’s southeast

6 August 2021 • Police said at least 21 personnel were killed in three months in Imo state. • More than 500 arrested after police and military raids.  • Widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment.  Nigerian security forces have committed a catalogue of human rights violations and crimes under international law in their response to spiralling violence in Southeast Nigeria, carrying …

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