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Nigeria should respect protesters’ rights

Authorities should investigate deaths of protesting Biafran separatists One year ago, on October 14, 2015, Nigerian security forces arrested the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a group from Nigeria’s southeastern region that seeks to establish an independent state. The supporters of Nnamdi Kanu, who previously lived in the United Kingdom and who spread his message through the …

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Ten dead as Biafra anniversary turns bloody

Lagos (AFP) – At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria’s civil war, police said on Tuesday. Activists wanting a separate state for the Igbo people in the southeast were commemorating the 49th anniversary of the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967. …

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Who are the Niger Delta Avengers?

Nigeria’s oil and gas production threatened by new militants A new militant group has emerged in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta area. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) first came under the spotlight in February, when it claimed responsibility for an attack on an underwater pipeline owned by oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell, which resulted in the temporary halt of …

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The New Biafrans – Oxford University paper

THE NEW BIAFRANS: HISTORICAL IMAGINATION AND STRUCTURAL CONFLICT IN NIGERIA’S SEPARATIST REVIVAL Olly Owen, Oxford Department of International Development. AUTHOR’S NOTE: This paper was presented on 8th March 2016 as a seminar in the Changing Character of War series hosted by Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The intention was to point out some of the underlying issues which would merit …

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Insecurity in Nigeria: Fighting on all fronts

Bad governance has bred uprisings from Boko Haram to Biafra Apr 2nd 2016 THE prayers of Gyang Dahoro take on a decidedly political note. A dozen local chiefs, resplendent in traditional Nigerian dress, nod approvingly as he calls for protection from the “terrorists” who have “made us refugees in our own land”. The worshippers are Christians of the Berom tribe, …

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British MP Angela Rayner joins pro-Biafran rally in London

British Labour Party MP Angela Rayner, representing Ashton-under-Lyne, joined pro-Biafran protesters this morning in a demonstration outside the UK parliament. In December last year Rayner asked a question about Biafra during a debate in the House of Commons on International Human Rights Day: “On this international human rights day, does the hon. Gentleman agree that the issue of violation of …

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Barbaric Nigerian army and police shot unarmed Biafran protesters

On 9 February a combined squad of the Nigerian Army and Police surrounded pro-Biafran protesters, first fired teargas at the apparently unarmed crowd, and allegedly fired live rounds at the civilians. There are claims that up to 10 people were killed, with many more injured. The protest took place at the National High School, Port Harcourt Road, Aba in Abia …

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The Biafran Question: Sifting facts from sentiments

A new report published today by Nigerian research organisation SBM Intelligence has tried to establish the extent of support for Biafra being carved out of present-day Nigeria. The report includes a survey to gauge support for a referendum on Biafra (82% said yes) and full independence for Biafra (59% said yes). Here is a summary of the report: Nigeria became …

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IPOB members in Malaysia hold “wake-keeping” for Buhari

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the separatist movement advocating for Biafran secession from Nigeria, hosted what they called a “wake-keeping” for President Muhammadu Buhari in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Watch here: They claimed to be “celebrating Buhari’s death” and that the president needed to die for them to go home in freedom to Biafra. Follow @naijiant

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President Buhari’s media charade

This was meant to be the first “presidential media chat” with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian media, in which a chosen few from the press got the opportunity to ask the president the questions on the minds of most Nigerians. Buhari had a tendency of granting interviews to the foreign media and ignoring the Nigerian press. This is not …

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