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What Really Happend to Abacha and Abiola?

Originally posted on Max Siollun's Website:

The Death of MKO Abiola:

The Death of General Abacha:

How quickly we forget. Almost exactly 17 years ago, the political situation was as follows:

  • Nigeria was being ruled by a ruthless and reclusive military dictator called General Sani Abacha.
  • General Olusegun Obasanjo was in prison, along with over 50 other army officers were in jail (some awaiting execution) on charges of coup plotting.
  • Nigeria had become a pariah nation after being expelled from the Commonwealth for executing Ken Saro-Wiwa and other activists who were campaigning for a fairer share of Nigerian oil revenues and against the environmental damage caused to their lands by the drilling and spills of big oil companies.
  • Lt-General Oladipo Diya, Major-Generals Abdulkareem Adisa and Tajudeen Olanrewaju, and several other officers were on death row awaiting execution for their role in another coup plot.
  • The winner of the acclaimed June 12 1993 election Chief…

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Buhari’s Speech at Chatham House (Full Video and Full Text)


“Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”

Full video of the Chatham House event:

The Man Who Rescued 500 Schoolgirls from #BokoHaram

Living Under #BokoHaram

A Bibiliography of Resources on #BokoHaram

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

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

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”


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.

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:

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)

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