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May 27th, 2013
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  (Reuters) – Nuradin Mohammed used to resent and fear the troops who swept past his fish stall in this northeast Nigerian city on the trail of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. Now, for the first time, he thinks they may be on his side.   “We are pleased the president has finally...
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Jan 11th, 2013
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It is not known if the word dysfunctional was invented specifically to describe the Nigerian state — several other candidates also come to mind — but the word certainly fills the bill. The political institutions of Africa’s biggest country are incapable of dealing with even the smallest challenge. In...
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Dec 31st, 2012
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By Stephen Hayes Stephen Hayes is president and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa. Boko Haram, a major language and tribe of northern Nigeria, which loosely means “Western education is forbidden” in Hausa, has emerged as a major threat to the stability and unity of Nigeria. Because o...
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Dec 4th, 2012
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My five days in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria – the epicentre of violence perpetrated by the armed group, Boko Haram – was fraught with danger. I had been trying to get access to report from the city for over a year. I had been told that I needed clearance from the head of NigeriaR...
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Nov 16th, 2012
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Nigeria’s military has killed a top commander of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, an army spokesman has said. Ibn Saleh Ibrahim was killed in an exchange of fire with six of his lieutenants, the spokesman added. An unknown number of civilians are said t...
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Nov 15th, 2012
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By Ben Nanaghan  On 1 November, 2012 the dreaded Islamic fundamentalist organization known as boko haram offered the olive branch through its second-in-command Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz in a telephone conference chat with journalists in Maiduguri, the  Borno State Capital. The faceless criminal also...
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Sep 30th, 2012
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(AP) — Officials say a bomb detonated in northern Nigeria near an Islamic boarding school, causing unknown casualties. Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, said the bomb blew up Sunday morning in Zaria, a city in the far north of Kaduna state. Shuaib said the...
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Aug 27th, 2012
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Nigeria’s government is reaching out to radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, talking with some of its members via “back room channels” as it seeks a peaceful way out of the north’s conflict, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday. The militants ruled out peace talks in a ...
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Aug 8th, 2012
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The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State United States Department of State Dear Secretary Clinton, In light of your forthcoming trip to Nigeria, we would like to bring to your attention some of our recent research findings and recommendations for some key human rights challenges facing...
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Aug 5th, 2012
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The suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram criticised US President Barack Obama in an online video on Saturday over Washington’s decision to label him a “global terrorist”. “You said I’m a global terrorist, then you are a terrorist in the next world,̶...