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A risky return for ex-combatants into communities

Continued human rights abuses and a lack of transparency are hindering the successful reintegration of defectors.     Enabling violent extremists to defect from their terror groups to rejoin society is a vital strategy in preventing violent extremism in Africa. But amnesty and rehabilitation programmes for this purpose often fail because security forces

‘Revolutions And Africa’s Lessons From Nigeria’

By Adekunle Adeniyi "You never change things by fighting existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" --Buckminster Fuller, activist, change campaigner." I least expected that Monday August 5, 2019 would eclipse this quietly. The anxiety and phobia of the citizenry

Humanitarian aid in Nigeria’s north-east: helping or hurting?

 By Akinola Olojo Ten years of Boko Haram’s violence has turned Nigeria’s north-east into a conflict hotspot for aid organisations. These groups help alleviate the symptoms of the crisis, but dealing with the root causes remains the job of Nigeria’s government, and can no longer be neglected. Plans must be drawn

Nigeria ranks 6th in world tuberculosis burden, 1st in Africa

Godsgift Onyedinefu The key Stakeholders in the public health said on Tuesday that Nigeria ranks 6th with the highest tuberculosis burden with India bearing the brunt, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan. They added that Nigeria is highest in Africa followed by  South Africa. This is just as the stakeholders disclosed that Nigeria

Nigeria’s total debt stock now at N24.9tn — DMO

Nigeria’s total public debt rose to N24.947 trillion as at March 31, from N24.387 trillion as at December 31, 2018, growing marginally by 2.30 per cent, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said. A statement issued by the office on Wednesday in Abuja, said the debt stock comprises of domestic and external

Nigeria, Cameroon Pledge to combat terrorism, Separatist crisis

Nigeria has promised to assist Cameroon in combating the separatist crisis rocking the central African country's English speaking region. The pledge, made during a security meeting, has been described by Cameroon authorities as reassuring, following accusations that separatist fighters in Cameroon were being trained in Nigeria, and that weapons they