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  • Boko Haram rears its head in Nigeria's capital with deadly bomb blasts (+video)

    . The blasts in Nigeria's capital are a direct challenge to the government's recent assurances that it has managed to contain Boko Haram, Nigeria's militant Islamist group, to the remote northeast ... Abuja, Nigeria ... topic-nigeria, topic-terrorism ... Boko Haram rears its head in Nigeria's capital with deadly bomb blasts (+video)
    04/14/2014 12:31 pm

  • Nigeria becomes Africa's No. 1 economy, overtaking South Africa (+video)

    Nigeria’s economy has overtaken South Africa’s to become the continent’s largest and the world's 26th most productive. The new calculation follows something called a &quot ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Nigeria, South Africa, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ... Nigeria's GDP said to be more than $500 billion, nearly double the previous estimate. Its infrastructure and energy capability however lags far behind South Africa's. ... topic-nigeria ... Nigeria becomes Africa's No. 1 economy, overtaking South Africa (+video)
    04/08/2014 10:19 am

  • Africa Monitor Nigerian forces killed hundreds of unarmed in Giwa Barracks incident: Amnesty

    issued a report, “Nigeria: More than 1,500 Killed in North-Eastern Nigeria in Early 2014.” Of particular interest is its dissection of what happened on March 14 at Giwa Barracks, the largest military ... topic-giwa-barracks, topic-boko-haram, topic-nigeria, topic-maiduguri
    04/05/2014 08:15 am

  • Boko Haram attacks bring thickening cloud of mystery and trouble in Nigeria (+video)

    . But who the victims were – and how they were killed – is unclear. The case exposes a deepening fault-line in Nigeria between an official portrayal of a deadly insurgency that has indiscriminately killed ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Nigeria, Boko Haram ... topic-boko-haram, topic-nigeria, topic-goodluck-jonathan, topic-west-africa ... Boko Haram attacks bring thickening cloud of mystery and trouble in Nigeria (+video)
    03/28/2014 12:32 pm

  • Africa Monitor New Boko Haram videos urge 'brethren' to attack all over Nigeria

    in northern Nigeria. As reports of the videos makes their way into the Nigerian press, they raise many questions. The Daily Trust, a leading newspaper published in the north, reports that the attackers ... Nigeria, Boko Haram ... In the wake of bloodshed around major military barracks in Maiduguri, one of Boko Haram's leaders has released two videos. What's really going on in northern Nigeria conflict is very unclear. ... topic-west-africa, topic-nigeria, topic-boko-haram, topic-maiduguri, topic-abubakar-shekau ... New Boko Haram videos urge 'brethren' to attack all over Nigeria
    03/27/2014 10:30 am

  • Africa Monitor Nigeria: World of Boko Haram mirrors 'To Live and Die in LA'

    A version of this post appeared in Africa in Transition. The views expressed are the author's own. Northeastern Nigeria increasingly resembles the world depicted in the 1985 film ... William Friedkin, Nigeria, Maiduguri, United Nations, Boko Haram, Central African Republic, Ben Okri ... A spirit of nihilism in Nigeria's north country ramps up even as corruption in the capitol seems more pronounced and problematic. ... topic-criminal-gangs, topic-nigeria, topic-hollywood, topic-boko-haram, topic-criminal-psychology, topic-maidurguri ... Nigeria: World of Boko Haram mirrors 'To Live and Die in LA'
    03/27/2014 08:15 am

  • Africa Monitor Boko Haram insurgency causes sparks at White House meeting: News report

    This post first appeared on Africa in Transition. The views expressed are the author's own. On March 18, governors from Nigeria’s north and Middle Belt met with US National Security ... topic-nigeria, topic-boko-haram, topic-nigerian-politics, topic-goodluck-jonathan
    03/25/2014 10:11 am

  • Africa Monitor Did Nigeria massacre innocents and call them 'Boko Haram'?

    -- and perhaps for Nigeria’s so-called “democracy.” To me, it is noteworthy that Senator Zanna, likely an established member of the northern Nigerian establishment, has been so outspoken. ... A killing of insurgents in northern Nigeria may have actually been a heinous attack on local young men merely rounded up and detained, according to a New York Times account. ... topic-goodluck-jonathan, topic-boko-haram, topic-nigeria ... Did Nigeria massacre innocents and call them 'Boko Haram'?
    03/24/2014 09:48 am

  • Global News Blog Whistle blowing on Nigeria's corruption: Will central banker's oil allegations reverberate?

    Everyone in Nigeria knows the claims of oil sector corruption, but it takes a special kind of public official to discuss them openly. One is Lamido Sanusi, whose efforts to blow the whistle appear ... Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Africa ... Nigeria's recently suspended central bank governor said the disappearance of oil revenues damaged his ability to prop up Nigeria's currency, pointing to oil sector corruption. ... topic-nigeria, topic-goodluck-jonathan, topic-africa, topic-corruption, topic-oil ... Whistle blowing on Nigeria's corruption: Will central banker's oil allegations reverberate?
    03/11/2014 01:04 pm

  • Africa Monitor Why has so much of Africa suddenly become so intolerant?

    punishments recently mandated by legislation in Nigeria, Uganda, and other sub-Saharan countries. Until relatively recently, Africans were comparatively tolerant of what is now being excoriated as deviancy ... Nigeria, Uganda, Robert Mugabe, Malawi, South Africa, Yoweri Museveni, Goodluck Jonathan, Central African Republic, John Kerry ... topic-intolerance, topic-africa, topic-uganda, topic-anti-gay, topic-nigeria
    03/10/2014 11:03 am

  • Africa Monitor Slaughter-crazy: Why is Nigeria's Boko Haram so successful?

    wave of carnage in Nigeria’s northeast. Several of the most recent incidents involve government security forces unaccountably not at their posts, allowing Boko Haram freedom of movement ... Boko Haram, Nigeria, Mali ... Nigeria's radical Boko Haram fighters have launched multiple killing sprees in past months -- blasting villages and often scaring off the Army in the northeast region. What gives? ... topic-nigeria, topic-boko-haram, topic-goodluck-jonathan ... Slaughter-crazy: Why is Nigeria's Boko Haram so successful?
    03/05/2014 08:30 am

  • Focus The great China 'takeover' of Africa is greatly exaggerated

    Thatch covers the wooden roof of The Clubhouse in Abuja and the tables are decorated with animal-print cloths. The casual restaurant in Nigeria's capital looks archetypally African, but it is also ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, Asia ... topic-african-investment, topic-china-africa, topic-africa, topic-china, topic-nigeria, topic-abuja, topic-fdi-africa
    03/02/2014 10:30 am

  • As Boko Haram slaughters students, where is Nigeria's Army? (+video)

    Another heinous slaughter by Boko Haram, this time of 40 to 60 young male students, underscores how insecure and fraught daily life has become in northern Nigeria – despite an Army crackdown ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Boko Haram, Nigeria, Yobe State, West Africa, Goodluck Jonathan, Borno State ... topic-boko-haram, topic-west-africa, topic-terrorism, topic-nigeria, topic-goodluck-jonathan ... As Boko Haram slaughters students, where is Nigeria's Army? (+video)
    02/27/2014 12:11 pm

  • Africa Monitor Troubling trend? Muslims 'deported' from southern Nigeria

    Nigeria, 84 Muslim students taking a skills acquisition course at the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies. The local branch of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had “raised ... topic-abuja, topic-boko-haram, topic-nigeria ... Troubling trend? Muslims 'deported' from southern Nigeria
    01/29/2014 03:27 pm

  • Terrorism & Security Nigerians call for new strategy after Boko Haram strikes yet again

    A daily roundup on terrorism and security issues. Deadly blasts and gunfire in Nigeria killed scores this week, leading to calls for a new strategy for fighting the deadly Islamist militant group ... Nigeria, Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan, West Africa ... A state of emergency and a full-scale military offensive have not stopped horrific Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. ... topic-nigeria, topic-goodluck-jonathan, topic-boko-haram
    01/28/2014 09:06 am

  • Africa Monitor US military aids Nigeria on Boko Haram

    A version of this post originally appeared on the Lesley on Africa blog. The views expressed are the author's own. Last week, Nigeria announced the creation of an Army Special Operations ... Nigeria, United States, Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan, U.S. Armed Forces, Mali ... US military aids Nigeria on Boko Haram
    01/23/2014 08:00 am

  • Africa Monitor With anti-gay laws, Nigeria circles the wagons against the West

    support from spokesmen for the Christian Association of Nigeria (the principal Christian umbrella group), the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the sultan of Sokoto (the premier Muslim ... Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, United States ... topic-gays, topic-nigeria, topic-goodluck, topic-west africa ... With anti-gay laws, Nigeria circles the wagons against the West
    01/15/2014 02:03 pm

  • Africa Monitor Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan faces first significant political crisis

    Jonathan, if perhaps more bluntly stated than is usual in public among Nigeria’s establishment. Though ostensibly private, the letter soon appeared in the media, and it looks as though it was Obasanjo ... Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria ... A spirit of cooperation among Nigeria's elites seems scuttled as blistering critique of Mr. Jonathan is leaked by former president. ... topic-goodluck jonathan, topic-lagos, topic-nigeria ... Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan faces first significant political crisis
    12/24/2013 01:30 pm

  • Bold Boko Haram attack deals sharp blow to Nigerian Air Force

    The bloody Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed thousands. But the city of Maiduguri, often considered the heart of the Boko Haram group, has not been targeted since the government ... Maiduguri, Nigeria ... Militants attacked targets in Maiduguri, which had been quiet for six months under emergency rule. The Monitor correspondent offers a detailed account after a visit to northeast Nigeria goes all ... topic-nigeria, topic-boko-haram
    12/02/2013 01:18 pm

  • Africa Monitor Yes, Boko Haram killings and kidnappings continue to rise in Nigeria

    operations in urban areas. This follows the massive deployment of security forces in northeastern Nigeria in line with the Abuja government’s June proclamation of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe ... Boko Haram, Nigeria, Abuja, Maiduguri, The Taliban ... topic-nigeria, topic-boko haram, topic-west africa ... Yes, Boko Haram killings and kidnappings continue to rise in Nigeria
    11/20/2013 11:15 am

  • Is barbaric Boko Haram winning in Nigeria's north country? (+video)

    In the dead of night, around 30 gunmen in pickup trucks and motorbikes sped onto the grounds of a college in northeast Nigeria. They headed into the male dormitories and opened fire. At least 41 ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Radicals have killed schoolchildren, fellow Muslims, college students, and drivers on the road in the past four months. What is Nigeria's strategy now? ... topic-nigeria, topic-terrorism, topic-boko haram, topic-east africa, topic-goodluck jonathan, topic-abuja ... Is barbaric Boko Haram winning in Nigeria's north country? (+video)
    10/01/2013 04:00 pm

  • Despite Nigeria's crackdown, Boko Haram continues its killing ways

    Suspected members of the rebel sect Boko Haram stormed an agricultural college in Yobe, northeastern Nigeria, on Sunday, killing at least 40 in the latest of a string of attacks that have rocked ... Abuja, Nigeria ... The radical Islamists of Boko Haram appear to have killed 40 students asleep at a college in Yobe on Sunday. Is Nigeria's get-tough approach working? ... topic-boko haram, topic-islamist radicals, topic-nigeria, topic-terrorism, topic-west africa, topic-security ... Despite Nigeria's crackdown, Boko Haram continues its killing ways
    09/30/2013 05:34 pm

  • Africa Monitor In Syria buildup, Obama can't forget broader Muslim world

    approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Iran, Libya, and perhaps soon, Syria, is seen by many in northern Nigeria as fundamentally anti-Islamic. Evidence is, of course, anecdotal ... 'The US approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Iran, Libya, and perhaps soon, Syria, is seen by many in northern Nigeria as fundamentally anti-Islamic.' ... topic-nigeria, topic-africa, topic-syria, topic-intervention, topic-world, topic-us foreign policy
    09/04/2013 12:50 pm

  • Africa Monitor In northern Nigeria, vigilante groups join fight against jihadis

    of northern Nigeria under a state of emergency. What information is available indicates that activity and violence continue under the cover of the media silence, though it is difficult to judge its degree ... Nigeria, Boko Haram ... Civilian militias are springing up to fight the Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. But so far the jihadist group seems undeterred. ... topic-nigeria ... In northern Nigeria, vigilante groups join fight against jihadis
    08/15/2013 03:28 pm

  • Boko Haram attacks Muslims and kids, puzzling everyone (+video)

    Africa watchers remained baffled a day after local officials in Nigeria said that 44 Muslims praying in a mosque were massacred by the radical Islamist Boko Haram group. Some 12 other persons were ... Abuja, Nigeria ... Africa, Nigeria, Boko Haram, London (England), Maiduguri, Royal Institute of International Affairs ... Maybe that is what the Nigeria-based terror group wants. ... topic-boko-haram, topic-nigeria
    08/14/2013 11:16 am

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