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Trump issues stark warning to Buhari: “We can’t allow the murdering of Christians to happen” in Nigeria

US president Donald Trump triggered a major diplomatic incident today when he dispensed of all traditional niceties that go with meetings of Heads of State to go for the jugular in an Oval Office meeting with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and address the endless spate of killings in his country. Trump said he was concerned about religious violence in Nigeria, …

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Iranian TV airs allegation of Saudi involvement in Zakzaky’s detention in Nigeria

Press TV, the Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English, discussed “The Fate of  Islamic Movement in Nigeria” during its “The Debate” programme last night.  The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) is a Shia movement led by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been detained by Nigerian authorities since his residence was raided by soldiers in December 2015. Yesterday, Zakzaky was charged …

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US State Dept Human Rights Practices Rept on Nigeria

On Friday, the US State Department published its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) for 2017.  The State Department states that: “These reports are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging …

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Will Buhari learn this leadership lesson from Cyril Ramaphosa?

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa were in London with other rulers of the Commonwealth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which is meant to run from 16 to 20 April (ending later today). Ramaphosa has had to cut short his attendance of the summit to return home to deal with violent protests.  Clashes have …

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‘No amount of killing will stop us,’ vow Nigerian Shias

One person has been reportedly killed and several others injured after members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police in the capital Abuja. The police, using tear gas and live ammunitions, forcefully dispersed Shia protesters demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, at the Unity Fountain on Monday. Sheikh Zakzaky has been detained without …

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Buhari can help Trump answer this question

US President Donald Trump said today as their military launched air strikes against Syria: “I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime. To Iran and to Russia, I ask: what kind of a nation wants to to be associated with a mass murder of innocent men, women and children?” …

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IMN says Nigeria will keep Zakzaky detained until he dies

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says the government in Abuja plans to keep the movement’s leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenah in detention until they die. “Are the tyrants holding the brave sheikh captive waiting for time to kill him since Allah has rescued him from their attempt to kill him using their military might?” said IMN spokesman …

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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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Nigerian demonstrators in Abuja demand release of Sheikh Zakzaky

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the country’s prominent Shia group, held another rally yesterday, demanding the release of its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky in the Nigerian capital Abuja.  The protest however turned violent after the Nigerian police clashed with the demonstrators and arrested several members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention, despite …

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Nigerian forces attack protesters calling for top Shia cleric’s release

Nigerian government forces have attacked protesters calling for the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, killing at least one person. The protester was killed on Sunday in the northwestern state of Kaduna amid widespread demonstrations which were held in over 50 separate locations. The demonstrators were calling on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari …

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