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Posts Tagged ‘Boko Haram’

A Man Marries a Little Girl in Nigeria as Part of Culture

AP photo   By Joseph Besong In Africa culture plays a very big role in marriage, especially in the traditional setting. Some marriages still accept old traditions that look ancient and old fashioned.

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

Daniel Etter/WPPF/Reuters   By Lin Taylor Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

On the run from Boko Haram, Nigeria’s lost children hope to find families again

Kieran Guilbert/Reuters   By Kieran Guilbert Running his fingers over the wide scars on his knee and thigh, 13-year-old Usman recalled the moment he thought he would die.

IDP carnage and the raging sphere of insecurity in Nigeria

Alfred Davies/MSF   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   “War is war, the only good human is a dead one”             George Orwell; Animal Farm.

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Poetry

Emmanuel Arewa/AFP   By Abdulkareem Awwal Opeyemi

Peace or War – Revisiting the Nigerian conundrum

By Madamidola Oladele Developments in the Nigerian State from the beginning of the 21st century to date have called for serious pondering on my part. So much water has passed under the Nigerian bridge; many events and catastrophes; many takes and mistakes; minor improvements and major setbacks.

Poetry

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP   By Wole Oguntola

Nigeria: A dark riddle within the shadow of dreams

AFP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi He was awoken by a strange phone call from his colleague over the assassination of Chief Owoseni Adigun in the odd hours of night at his residence in Lagos, a metropolitan state across the Western Region of Nigeria. Unstable and distorted were the reactions that emerged after receiving the […]

Northern Nigeria: Alhaji vs Alhaji

Ed Kashi   By Prince Charles Dickson   Use Religion as a tool to dumb them down…use ethnicity as a tool to fan the embers of hatred and then sit back and watch them burn themselves…The template has remained the same…albeit with slight modifications from time to time…and nothing has changed. If anything, much worse…Folashade […]

The demagogue Boko Haram and the radical flight of terrorism

By Ogunniyi Abayomi   An ideology of a malignant affair that eludes a destabilizing compromise to fulfil the fanatic verse of the book in the name of religious belief.

Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Ulf Laessing Nigeria’s military has liberated large swathes of land from Boko Haram but a ride with an army convoy, all guns firing for fear of ambush, shows how far the northeast is from normality after a brutal Islamist insurgency that has displaced millions.

Unity in Diversity?

Israel Ophori   By David Adejumo It can be said that Nigeria has been in a vicious cycle of tribalism, nepotism, ethnicity, religious chauvinism and sentimentalism after over 100 years when the Entity called Nigeria was formed, although there were both negative and positive motives to the so called amalgamation which will be discussed later. […]

Nigerian Police release me after giving them 1000 naira

Tony Karumba/AFP   By Ebi Robert It was indeed a funny experience in the hands of the Nigerian police on 29 August 2016. I had just finished a visit to a friend’s place and was going home in a tricircle, aka Kene, when I was stoped by the Nigerian police in Yenagoa, close to Aritalin […]

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

Luc Gnago/Reuters   By Joe Bavier “You’ll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished,” Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.

Politics and Power in 2016

By Ogunniyi Abayomi   Celebrating or degrading the essence of democracy in our 21st century.   Democracy, the government of the people, was introduced to Nigeria on 29th May, 1999, transforming our ruling system from military to the federal system of governnment with constitutional provision to ensure an organisational and structural administration was built and […]

Northern Nigeria And The Extremist Theory

By Akor Emmanuel It was first envisaged in 1914 that the life span of the then to be created entity called Nigeria was 100 years. In October 2014 that period elapsed and at the time, the problems bedeviling Nigeria were overbearingly large with the issue of the islamist terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ taking center stage.

Interview with Anant Mishra

  Michael Organ interviews Anant Mishra, human rights and political commentator, prolific author and former youth representative to the United Nations.

Poetry: Bring back our girls—and a normal country: Two years after

By Sunil Sharma

Poetry

By Santosh Kumar Pokhrel

Nigeria’s leadership roles in Africa

By Durodola Tosin Nigeria’s leadership roles in Africa have been evident since its year of independence. It is a well-known fact that over the years, Nigeria’s foreign policy has consistently been Afro-centric in nature. This is based on the belief that the security well-being of the country is hinged on the security and material wellbeing […]

Parents of missing Nigeria schoolgirls hope 2 year event reminds world of their fate

REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Nigerian officials gave permission on Tuesday for a memorial event at a school in northeast Nigeria from where Islamist rebels abducted 276 girls two years ago with parents hoping this would remind the world their daughters are still missing.

Fiction: Christmas in Sambisa

By Michael Inioluwa Oladele

Heads of State attend ECOWAS summit in Dakar

  By Alpha Jallow The extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Saturday, discussed, among other things, the political and security situation facing the region.

Nigeria closes land and sea borders ahead of Saturday’s polls

  By Charles Ayitey All means of immigration or emigration in and out of Nigeria have now been suspended ahead of the presidential elections slated for Saturday 28th March.

Discussing ‘Peace and Security Co-operation’ in Central Africa

  By Anant Mishra International Geography The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) comprises of ten countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe. Each of these sovereign nations is also part of the Economic Community for Central African […]

Gabonese to head UN mission in CAR

By Adisa Amanor Wilks The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Parfait Onanga-Anyanga from Gabon as his Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Interview with GreenAid executive director Tabi Joda

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Executive director of GreenAid International, Tabi Joda, is from Northen Nigeria. With GreenAid, an international organization, Tabi Joda wants to involve more women in waste management in Northen Nigeria.

Inside Boko Haram: An Era of Extremism and Regional Instability

By Anant Mishra Introduction Nigeria has a history of Islamist sects within its borders. Not all have been violent movements, some existing peacefully in parallel with the state. And not all of Nigeria’s violent sects are Islamist; one such is the Ombatse cult, which clashed with security forces in Nasarawa state in May 2013.

Is Slavery the cause of Africa’s underdevelopment?

  A case study of Nigeria By Ajise Vincent In the year 1442 the Portuguese started the transatlantic slave trade by taking solace along a settlement near the gulf of Guinea, now known as the present day Nigeria. There had already been slavery prior to the Portuguese invasion with men and women carted away following […]