Minority-rights Nigeria Opinions 

Nigeria and Rights of Religious and Sexual Minorities at the UN

By Leo Igwe Once again, Nigeria has been rebuked for its homophobic stance at the United Nations. In a statement that its representative delivered at the ongoing session of the Human Rights Council, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (now Humanists International) urged Nigeria to rethink its official hostile disposition towards gays and atheists. Nigeria has been asked to uphold the rights of sexual and religious minorities. It is sad that Nigeria has become a global ‘advocate’ of the persecution of minorities. Incidentally, within Nigeria, there is so much talk about the…

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Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria 

The next four years will be tough, Buhari warns

President Muhammadu Buhari says the new four-year mandate given to his administration by Nigerians will be tough as he pursues his campaign promises of securing the country, transforming the economy and the fight against corruption. The President stated this at a special meeting with his cabinet ministers, who were in the State House, Abuja, on Friday to congratulate him on his electoral victory. The Independent National Electoral Commission had, on Wednesday, declared President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, winner of the 2019 presidential election held on February 23.…

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Buhari Nigeria 

Nigeria: Too close to call, though turnout may tip the election towards Buhari

The Nigerian presidential elections pitting incumbent Muhammadu Buhari against former vice-president Atiku Abubakar remains close. What we know so far: Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken 3 states (Ekiti, Osun and Kwara) Atiku’s People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Read the original article on Theafricareport.com : Nigeria – Too close to call, though turnout may tip the election towards Buhari | West Africa Follow us: @theafricareport on Twitter | theafricareport on Facebook. – The Africa Report – The two most high-profile casualties have been…

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Fighting Boko Haram Nigeria West Africa 

Women of war deployed to eliminate Boko Haram

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA – THE Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed female officers to aid the fight against the Boko Haram terror group northeast of the country. Known as the ‘Women of War’, it is anticipated their presence will help eliminate the Islamist sect that has been perpetrating a violent campaign to overthrow the government. “We call them ‘Women of War’ as they are well trained to engage in combat and combat support operations for peace, security and national  development,” said Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar. He said the women had showcased…

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Does Africa Need a Religious Reformation? Nigeria 

Hijab Crisis: Unveiling Islamic Privilege in Postcolonial Nigeria

     By Leo Igwe  Protests and scuffles over the use of the Islamic veil by Muslim schoolgirls have recently been sweeping across Nigeria. The hijab crisis, as it is called, has led to the disruption of educational activities, litigations in courts, and a simmering religious tension especially in Southwest Nigeria In Osun state, the crisis took a very dramatic turn. Muslim families insisted that their girls who attended state, not private, schools must wear the hijab and the state government obliged. In reaction, children from non-Muslim families came to school the following…

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Baptism Deaths Nigeria OP-ED 

African Baptism Deaths: Where Was the Christian God?

In 2018, two cases where people died in the course of baptism should serve as some food for thought to African believers. In fact, the two incidents should get Africans to rethink their faith in God, at least in the Christian god. Let’s examine these cases. The first case happened in Ethiopia. According to a BBC report, a crocodile jumped and attacked a pastor while he was performing a baptism in a lake. The pastor was bitten on his legs, on the back and hands. He later died as a result…

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Hisbah Nigeria OP-ED 

Hisbah: Between Sharia Implementation or State-based Islamic Terrorism

 By Leo Igwe The Nigerian nation-state is under assault from jihadist groups on two main fronts. First, on the non-state axis, this onslaught is embodied in the activities of Boko Haram and other extremist organizations, that are campaigning to impose their own version of sharia law and the Islamic state. Then on the state front, Islamic extremism is typified in the activities of Hisbah or the sharia police. This is the body that enforces sharia law in the Muslim majority states in Northern Nigeria. Incidentally, there has been a lot…

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Human Rights Nigeria OP-ED 

Rethinking Apostasy and Religious Others in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe Humanists are meeting in Abuja in early January. The objective of the meeting is to discuss apostasy and the associated risks and challenges. This meeting is special because it is happening at a time when extreme religious beliefs are ravaging the world and wreaking havoc in many places including Nigeria. The event is taking place at a time that the forces of religious fanaticism and bigotry are seeking to shut down the voices of dissent, freethought, and expression. This humanist gathering is happening at a moment in…

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Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria OP-ED 

Buhari: Stop the Killing and Persecution of Shiites in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe It is time to call the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to order over the mindless slaughter and persecution of the members of the Shi’a Islamic organization in the country. It is time to get Buhari to end the slaughtering of innocent citizens. The Nigerian president must end this state-orchestrated bloodshed that has led to massive loss of lives and the forced disappearance of many Shiites in the country. Since Buhari became the president in 2015, he has not hidden his hateful and hostile disposition towards this minority religious organization.…

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Banish Illiteracy in Nigeria Nigeria OP-ED 

Charred Remains of Literacy in Nigeria

Sixty-five million Nigerians are illiterates, according to UNESCO. Nevertheless, the year has been moderately fine for Nigeria, having fared favorably in enviable awards, such as ranking big as the world’s 148th Least Corrupt Country, and topping the list of African countries who live and bath in alcohol. Indeed, a giant of Africa! Nigeria has also recorded outstanding performances in harboring unschooled killer-herdsmen who invade the farms of communities, and destroy lives when resisted, just so their beloved cattle can eat. The most remarkable, is Nigeria’s consistent history of electing fairly…

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