Category Archives: Nigerian Current Affairs

Emir Sanusi: Northern #Nigeria Needs Economic “Marshall Plan”


Interview with the new Emir of Kano Muhammed Sanusi II (AKA Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) about the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.

Key points made by Sanusi:

  • Islam “preaches education for all adherents”.
  • Marrying young Muslim girls off at a young age is actually a cultural (not Islamic) practice “that is not consistent with the teachings of the (Muslim) religion)”.
  • Poverty level in northern Nigeria provides a fertile breeding ground for militancy. Says the same thing happened in the Niger Delta.
  • Boko Haram insurgency must be tackled via an economic “Marshall Plan” for northern Nigeria.
  • Says insurgency calmed down in Kano because of investment in infrastructure there.
  • “As long as people as gainfully employed they are not likely to jump into the bandwagon of insurgency”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29221283

How #BokoHaram will Affect 2015 #Nigeria Election


Good article in Africa Confidential about how the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria will affect next year’s presidential election.

One surprise from the infographic map above is that although Adamawa State is under a state of emergency even though the number of deadly attacks in that State are about 25% of the number of attacks in Kano State (which is not under a state of emergency). Also Bauchi state has had 600% more attacks than Adamawa State, and it too is not under a state of emergency.

http://www.africa-confidential.com/article/id/5762/How_terror_twists_the_vote
http://www.africa-confidential.com/resources/1/uploads/content/14a%20nigeria%20COL.jpg

The Former Prison in #Nigeria Turned into an Artistic Site


Great feature on Freedom Park in Lagos, which used to be a prison in Nigeria’s colonial days, and housed famous prisoners such as Obafemi Awolowo.

https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-where-once-the-british-executed-today-nigeria-commemorates-100-years

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28418685

https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-where-once-the-british-executed-today-nigeria-commemorates-100-years

Nigeria Implements “Infra-Red” Test to Check Spread of #Ebola


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28807146

 

Interactive Map and Timeline of all #BokoHaram Attacks


  Click the link below for an excellent interactive map and timeline/summaries (produced by Al-Jazeera) of Boko Haram attacks going back to 2009 when President Yar’Adua was still in power. http://webapps.aljazeera.net/aje/custom/2014/bokoharamtimeline/index.html

Female Suicide Bombers: The New Weapon of #BokoHaram?


https://audioboo.fm/boos/2377613-bokoharam-crisis-are-female-suicide-bombers-the-group-s-new-weapon

The above is a podcast interview about Boko Haram’s use of female suicide bombers. Boko Haram has carried out nearly a dozen suicide bombings since 2009, but its use of women as suicide bombers is a new tactic.

Contrary to popular perception, Boko Haram’s cadre includes educated people with degrees in sciences such as chemistry.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28657085
Meanwhile nearly 1,000 who fled Boko Haram in Nigeria have arrived in the uninhabited Chadian island of Choua (see images of the refugees above):

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48419#.U-JiK41dUqh

Video of Buhari Escaping Bomb Attack


 

Video of former head of state Major-General Muhammadu Buhari emerging after a bomb and shooting assassination attempt on him n Kaduna yesterday:

 

Ogas at the Top: Nigerian TV Satire


http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/broadcast/issue-no178/investment/vod-new-nigerian-sat/bc

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022532r

 

#BokoHaram Infiltration into Cameroon


 

Good reports on how Boko Haram has infiltrated into Nigeria’s neighbour Cameroon. Boko Haram allegedly take advantage of the huge border between Nigeria and Cameroon to go backwards and forwards between both countries to recruit members and stage attacks.

 

Locals in Cameroon claim that Boko Haram members quickly bury their dead who are killed in attacks to prevent them from being identified.

 

One of the most tragic ironies is that thousands of Nigerians have fled from Nigeria into its poorer, smaller, less resourced neighbour Cameroon.

http://www.voanews.com/content/in-cameroon-bodies-of-boko-haram-fighters-quickly-disappear/1956969.html

The Nigerian Billionaire that Wants to Negotiate with #BokoHaram


Great interview with former Abia State Governor Uzor Orji Kalu, who is also also a billionaire and one of Nigeria’s richest men. Kalu is a friend of other Nigerian billionaires such as Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga. Kalu has offered to negotiate with Boko Haram and claims the security challenge of Boko Haram could result in Goodluck Jonathan being Nigeria’s last ever president:

“There was a time when news of bombing and terrorism was synonymous to countries like Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Nigeria is now at that point. We are now like those countries. This is what we have become. If care is not taken, Goodluck Jonathan would be the last president we’ve had in this country.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2014/07/16/the-nigerian-millionaire-who-wants-to-negotiate-with-boko-haram/?&_suid=140578562363007233305675908923

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