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A Bibiliography of Resources on #BokoHaram


http://progressivegeographies.com/resources/boko-haram-an-annotated-bibliography/?utm_content=bufferd0bb0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Nigerian Army’s War with #BokoHaram (PBS Frontline)


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hunting-boko-haram/

This is a PBS documentary (also shown on Channel 4 in the UK) about the Nigerian army’s battle with Boko Haram. It contains very harrowing footage of suspects being allegedly killed by the army and their civilian allies the Civilian Joint Task Force.

Civilians are being caught in the crossfire of the war between Boko Haram and the army. After Boko Haram attacks, the army sweeps in and arrests suspects. Locals claim that innocent people are often arrested, beaten, and killed after Boko Haram fighters have left the scene:

Nigerian government’s response to allegations of abuse by the army and CJTF:

Interfaith Muslim-Christian Marriages in #Nigeria


http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/nigeria-deadly-politics-interfaith-love-201472984354915150.html

Feature on marriages between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Such marriages are actually common and used to be uncontroversial. However politics and wider controversies in society have suddenly put such marriages on edge.

Alex Perry: #BokoHaram is “More Extreme Than Al-Qaida”


http://www.npr.org/2014/07/16/331988815/nigerias-boko-haram-more-extreme-than-al-qaida-journalist-says

 

Audio interview with journalist Alex Perry who was researched and written about Boko Haram for a long time. Perry alleges that there is no coherent plan to Boko Haram’s attacks, and that it is just violence for the sake of it.

Perry saw a gruesome video of Boko Haram members beheading a hostage and gives his analysis of the groups’s actions.

Boko Haram Crisis Reaches Its Deadliest Phase


More sad news about the Boko Haram crisis. One of the human tragedies is the number of refugees who have fled the crisis. In Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states alone, there are about 250,000 internally displaced persons. That is in addition to over 55,000 refugees in other countries.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27823386

Nigeria’s Lost Election – “International Thief Thief”


Max Siollun:

Nigeria’s Lost Election (June 12, 1993) – “International Thief Thief”

Originally posted on Max Siollun's Website:

http://podbay.fm/show/339986758/e/1371019800

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/witness/id339986758

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p019cnqh/Witness_Nigerias_Lost_Election/

Click any of the links above to listen an excellent BBC programme about the annulled June 12, 1993 election in Nigeria. It also shows Abiola’s travails as he went from being a confident philanthropist who would host and entertain several hundred guests a day to “losing his confidence” as he became increasingly isolated and no one would ring him for hours.

This programme also has an audio recording of the dramatic moment when he was arrested on live radio while on the phone with the BBC. He told the BBC reporter (live on worldwide radio) “Please leave me. I am delaying them.” (the dozens of police officers who came to arrest him after he declared himself President)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/witness/id339986758

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Would Moshood Abiola Have Been a Good President?


Max Siollun:

Would Moshood Abiola Have Been a Good President?

Originally posted on Max Siollun's Website:

Last month was the 20th anniversary of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. The annulment of that election created a question that Nigerians rarely ask, and will never know the answer to.

The facts of the annulment are well known. After the painstaking eight year conduct of a “transition programme” to return Nigeria to civilian democratic rule after 9 years of military rule, the then military government led by General Ibrahim Babangida voided the results of the June 12, 1993 election that was supposed to herald the return of democracy.

That act added the word “annulment” to the standard Nigerian vocabulary. Although the full election results were never disclosed, everyone knows that Moshood Abiola won. However, given his antecedents, background and temperament, would Abiola have been a beneficial President for Nigeria?

ABIOLA: FROM RAGS TO RICHES

The story of Abiola’s life is a classic rags to riches…

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BBC Hardtalk Interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


“Fear of school has become ingrained in northern Nigeria”


http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/apr/29/northern-nigeria-school-girls

Why the Orkar Coup Failed, and How Col UK Bello was Killed


Max Siollun:

Since today is the 24th anniversary of the abortive coup by Major Gideon Orkar, Major Saliba Mukoro and others, I am reposting this post from a few years ago which chronicled the coup in detail…

Originally posted on Max Siollun's Website:

This is an interesting series of interviews. The first one is with Major Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, former Chief Security Officer to former President, General Ibrahim Babangida. The second one is a rebuttal interview with Lt-Col Tony Nyiam, one of the surviving executors of the Orkar coup. Intrigues…read on…

From the Sun.

The coup plotters at their trial in 1990: L to R - Capt Harley Empere, Major Gideon Orkar, Capt Perebo Dakolo, Lt Cyril Ozoalor, Lt Nicholas Odeh

The coup plotters at their trial in 1990: L to R - Capt Harley Empere, Major Gideon Orkar, Capt Perebo Dakolo, Lt Cyril Ozoalor, Lt Nicholas Odeh

Why Orkar coup failed
From Dennis Mernyi, Abuja
Monday, May 11, 2009

•Major Mohammed
Photo: Sun News Publishing

Major Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to erstwhile military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, has given an insight into why the bloody Orkar coup of April 1990 failed.

Major Mohammed in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun in Abuja on the coup, which almost terminated the Babangida regime cited confusion among the coup leaders, Major Gideon Orkar and Lt Col. Tony Nyiam over the killing of the Aide-de-camp (ADC) of the president…

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