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Amazing discoveries within Boko Haram’s birthplace

Yushau A. Shuaib   Every time I have reason to travel to Maiduguri for an assignment, my family members become prayer warriors, and clarifications are sought around my dreams at such periods to check for what might be portents, while safety measures are devised against any possible untoward development.   As the birthplace of

Nigeria: ‘Weak governments’ enable armed groups to thrive – Report

Editor's note: This year’s Armed Conflict Survey takes a look at 33 ongoing conflicts across the world with a verdict that armed groups and conflicts thrive where there are 'weak governments' citing that of Nigeria and other African as well as Central American countries. Zeenat Hansrod The book aims to explain what

Be afraid of the world, be very afraid

•Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.   Stephen M. Walt   A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames on May 3, 2013, near Camarillo, California. DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES Who’s right: Cassandra or Dr. Pangloss? Are we on the brink of serious trouble, as Cassandra of Greek myth prophesied,

Returning from the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated with Boko Haram

Editor's note: The International Crisis Group's special report noted that women are streaming home from Boko Haram’s domain in north-eastern Nigeria, with some having escaped captivity and others having left jihadist husbands behind. The state should safeguard these women from abuse, so that they stay in government-held areas and encourage

Flooding: Nigeria’s coastal regions endangered, as scientists predict multiple rise in global sea levels

•Seas may rise twice as much as previously predicted, warn scientists •Lagos a disaster away as its flooding problems worsens   Jude Johnson  The Nigerian coastal states, especially Lagos could be submerged as scientists predict that rise in global sea levels could have 'profound consequences'. Last year, the country suffered one of its worst flood

Insecurity: ‘More boots on ground, airmobile operations’ needed to defeat Boko Haram, insurgents–Military Veterans

Suggest options of joint operations exercises Nigeria's current Armed Forces estimated number put at 160,000-240,000   Senator Iroegbu The military veterans have offered advise to the Nigerian government on sustainable solutions to the lingering security crisis across the country, especially the counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and farmer-herders conflict. To this

Nigeria: Facing the Challenge of the Islamic State in West Africa Province

•Editor's note: The International Crisis Group report x-rayed that three years after Boko Haram broke apart, one faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, is forming a proto-state in northern Nigeria. The state should press its military offensive against the jihadists but also try undercutting their appeal by improving

The man who terrorized Darfur is leading Sudan’s supposed transition

•The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum. Jerome Tubiana After Omar al-Bashir was deposed on April 11, Western diplomats made no mistake about who was in charge. Ambassadors from the United States, Britain, and the

Threats to freedom on the rise in Nigeria, Africa–Report

Jude Johnson   There is growing threat to freedom in Africa including Nigeria where there is a stalemate over the proposed law to regulate the activities of Non-Govermental Organisations (NGOs), according to the democracy watchdog Freedom House says in a new report. The report noted that in a dozen countries across Africa, governments