Category Archives: Nigerian Current Affairs

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

Nigeria’s “Boko Haram Economy”


http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/15/the_boko_haram_economy?utm_content=buffer7be58&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Interesting article in Foreign Policy about how the Boko Haram insurgency is fuelled by Nigeria’s bleak economic and demographic stats:

In Borno State:

  1. More than 98% of children aged under 2 are not vaccinated.
  2. 83% of young people are illiterate.
  3. 48.5% of children do not go to school.

Overall more than 60% of Nigeria’s population is aged under 25, and Nigeria spends less than 1% of its GDP on health (one of the lowest rates of health spending in the world).

 

 

Interview with #BringBackOurGirls Coordinator Dr. Oby Ezekwezili


https://audioboo.fm/boos/2327364-interview-with-bring-back-our-girls-coordinator?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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