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US puts Nigeria on religious freedom blacklist with China, Saudi Arabia

7 December 2020 The US has included Nigeria on a blacklist of nations where “systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations” are an issue of concern. The move could pave the way for potential sanctions in the future. The United States on Monday added Nigeria to a blacklist on religious freedoms for the first time. The list also includes countries such as …

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Nigeria-US friction over embattled AfDB chief Akinwumi Adesina

5 June 2020 The African Development Bank has launched an independent review of a report into embezzlement allegations against its president. Akinwumi Adesina has the backing of Nigeria for a second term, but the US is not convinced. The independent review into Akinwumi Adesina, who intends to run for a second term as head of AfDB, comes after immense pressure from …

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UK toes US line to block looted funds for Nigeria governor

6 April 2020  U.K.’s National Crime Agency opposes Nigeria transfer deal Parties say preliminary settlement talks underway in U.S. The U.K. has joined the U.S. in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to hand nearly $110 million of funds the American authorities say was stolen by late dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The three governments are involved in …

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Coronavirus: Trump channels his inner Obasanjo

30 March 2020 Donald Trump means different things to different people. But I never thought I would liken him to a Nigerian ruler or ex-ruler. Until yesterday. Responding in the White House Rose Garden to estimates that 100,000 or more Americans may die from the coronavirus, Trump said: “So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this. …

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US opposes Nigeria plan to hand looted Abacha funds to Governor Bagudu

21 February 2020 The U.S. is opposing plans by Nigeria’s government to hand about $100 million the American authorities say was stolen by deceased former dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The disagreement may hamper future cooperation between the two nations to recover state money moved offshore by Abacha, who Transparency International estimates may have looted as …

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Zeke Nnaji powering his way to the NBA

19 February 2020 If you don’t follow college basketball in the United States, you may not have heard of Zeke Nnaji. But it is only a matter of time before he becomes a household name in the US, Nigeria and the rest of the world. Born Ezekiel Tobechukwu Nnaji, 19 years ago, the freshman power forward out of the University …

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Despite travel ban, Nigerians tend to trust Trump – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

12 February 2020 Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to Washington-based National Public Radio’s Audie Cornish about President Trump’s surprising popularity in Nigeria, despite the country being added to the travel ban. Transcript of the interview: Audie Cornish: Immigrants from Africa’s most populous country will be blocked from coming to the U.S. beginning later this month. The Trump administration is …

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Nigerians shocked by Trump’s new immigration restrictions

5 February 2020 Akinbode Akinmutimi still remembers the first time he saw a U.S. dollar in Nigeria. He was in the fourth grade and was taken by the words “In God We Trust.” “I really want to come to this country that trusted in God,” Akinmutimi recalls. He did just that and moved to the U.S. 17 years ago. Today, …

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