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Pro-Biafran protesters tell Commonwealth Heads of Govt meeting: “Commonwealth loves wealth more than lives”

Pro-Biafran demonstrators gate-crashed the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting today in  Marlborough House, the organisation’s headquarters in London.  As the Queen of England and Prime Minister Theresa May hosted rulers from the Commonwealth,  Biafran separatists staged a protest across the road in the Pall Mall, with a heavy police presence, barricades and a high fence preventing them from entering the …

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Many prominent Nigerians are not fans of democracy

Many Nigerians in the public eye don’t like democracy. They don’t know that part of democracy is the right to tell people stuff they may be uncomfortable with.  George Orwell  said that: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Some of  President Muhammadu Buhari’s biggest critics are just …

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Nigeria’s 2017/18 human rights report card under Buhari by Amnesty International

Amnesty International published today its annual report on human rights for 2017/18.  According to the NGO: Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is …

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2018: Nigeria

Yesterday Human Rights Watch published its 643 page World Report 2018, reviewing events of the past year.  The Nigeria section makes for sober reading. Nigeria Events of 2017 The ongoing Boko Haram conflict in the northeast, cycles of communal violence between pastoralists and farmers, and separatist protests in the south defined Nigeria’s human rights landscape in 2017. Notably absent for much …

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Igbo people crave own nation as tensions rise in Nigeria

During the opening match of the qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup, Chinedu Gabriel, 27, refused to stand in honor of Nigeria’s national soccer team. “I’m not a Nigerian,” said Mr. Gabriel, a motorcycle parts dealer in a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. “I’m a Biafran.” Almost 50 years after Nigeria’s brutal civil war put down a secessionist movement …

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Nigeria: Their election boycott fell flat. What now for the Biafra separatists?

The Nigerian government claims the secessionist group IPOB is “dead and gone”. Its supporters beg to differ. When an influential secessionist group called on people to boycott Anambra state’s election, many people expected the worst. Ahead of the governorship poll on 18 November, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) insisted that no election would take place unless Nigeria’s federal government …

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Press freedom getting worse in Nigeria under Buhari

Nigeria has witnessed a decline in press freedom since last year according to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by the NGO, Reporters Without Borders.  The country finished 122nd out of 180 countries in the world rankings. Last year Nigeria was in the 116th position.  President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, came to power in May 2015 and not …

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#AnambraDecides: Ex-governor Peter Obi’s campaign stop in Obosi disrupted by pro-Biafrans

As Anambra State goes to the polls tomorrow 18 November to (s)elect a new governor, supporters of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have continued their campaign against elections in southeast Nigeria without a referendum on the secession of the region. Two-term former governor Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is backing the …

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Biafra: IPOB’s lost chance

After some two years in detention by the Federal Government, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was released on stringent bail conditions by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Two of the bail conditions were that he was not to be seen in public gatherings of more than 10 people; and he was not to …

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#AnambraDebate: A bad night for Willie Obiano

Governor Willie Obiano, who is facing reelection on Saturday, had the most to lose going into the (s)election debate with four other candidates on national TV tonight.  And he did his best to ensure he made the other candidates look good.  It was a combination of the arrogance of power and poor presentational skills and perhaps, the fact that he …

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