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As troops battle for Gudumbali…

 Boko haram insurgents infiltrated Gudumbali, a community in Guzamala Local Government of Borno state. Musa Umar Bologi visited the area and presents first-hand information from the residents, military in addition to his observations. The battle The night was gradually creeping in, but the residents of Gudumbali were still going about their dealings. Some children sat

Zamfara: Nigeria’s wild North West

Obi Anyadike It was a set-up and Buharin Daji walked right into it. The notorious cattle-rustling kingpin had arrived for a meeting in the northern Nigerian bush, ostensibly to settle differences with one of his senior lieutenants, but instead was shot dead. Daji’s murder in March has had consequences in an already deeply

Boko Haram’s reign of terror reignites Nigeria’s religious wars

Ali Abare Abubakar  Isa Salisu ran almost a mile without stopping in a bid to escape his attackers at a military checkpoint in Jos, a large city in north-central Nigeria. “Three of us were returning from the cattle market,” said Mr. Salisu,  a 20-year-old herder, recalling how he and two friends were driving

In homecoming for Nigerians who fled Boko Haram, all that’s missing is ‘home’

By Emmanuel Akinwotu and Dionnee Searc More than four years ago, Islamist militants from Boko Haram invaded the town of Bama in northeastern Nigeria, setting up a new headquarters there and sending tens of thousands of people fleeing for their lives. For years many of those residents of Bama lived in squalid camps or

Locals call Boko Haram ‘slave raiders.’ Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

By Scott MacEachern Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids

Kano is notorious for underage voters, says ex-INEC commissioner who almost got killed

Editor's note: The 2015 Presidential election was heated and fiercely contested but no state defined the outcome of the winners and losers like the controversial three million votes from Kano State. The state became a reference point of the blight to what otherwise was a successful election for three key

In Nigerian ‘Cash-and-Carry’ Politics, Ambition Is Only Constant

By Dulue Mbachu Politicians frequently jump across party lines in power quest ‘Failure of Nigerian political class’ cited by analyst Hassan   At recent rallies of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress for next year’s general elections, the list of speakers is often dominated by former members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party

The Chance of Accidental Nuclear War Is Growing

By Michael Krepon Recapitalizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent won't help. What's missing is a strategy and resources to reduce risks of cataclysmic accidents, miscalculation, and human error. The Trump administration’s nuclear posture statement comes at a particularly rough time, reminiscent of the transition from President Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Back then, an