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Nigeria’s Buhari extends border closure to 2020

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the current closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to January 31, 2020. Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with Benin. A memo…

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Nigeria: Buhari orders raid on religious ‘torture schools’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered massive clampdown on illegal religious schools across Nigeria. These Islamic schools called rehabilitation centres are reportedly subjecting children in their care to torture and other inhumane activities. On Saturday authorities freed nearly 150 students from one of such centres in northern Nigeria which claimed it was teaching the children about Koran. That was the fourth such operation in a month, bringing the total number of children freed from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000. Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai…

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Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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Nigeria’s first lady returns after ‘Buhari wedding’ rumours

Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari returned home on Saturday after months abroad. Mrs Buhari had been on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and also spent some time in the UK. She however returned to Nigeria amid rumours of her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari intending to take a second wife. Rumours were extremely rife in Nigeria that the planned wedding between the President and fellow politician Sadiya Farouq was to take place on October 11. The first lady told reporters shortly after arriving in Nigeria that the reported marriage rumours were results…

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Buhari in South Africa for state visit after xenophobic violence

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has started a three day state visit in South Africa after arriving on Wednesday night. He is visiting the country weeks after tensions escalated between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic violence targeted at Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. At the peak of the violence where Nigerians and their businesses were being attacked, the Nigerian government repatriated hundreds of its citizens. The South African government came under a lot of criticisms globally for the xenophobic violence. It offered an official apology to Nigeria and…

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Nigeria @59: Buhari vows to fight cybercrime

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to fight cybercrime as he addresses his citizens on Tuesday. The West African giant is celebrating it’s 59th independence anniversary on October 1. But Nigeria has made the headlines in recent months for some bad reasons including cybercrimes. Hundreds of it’s citizens have been arrest locally and abroad for engaging in cyber fraud. President Buhari said in his TV broadcast that his administration will pay much attention to fighting cybercrimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech. He also highlighted the impact of…

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Nigeria: Tribunal affirms Buhari’s presidential poll victory

The presidential election victory of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been affirmed by the presidential election tribunal. The Tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed President Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election. The five-man tribunal headed by Justice Garba Mohammed delivered the judgement on Wednesday after months of hearings. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the presidential election in February and filed a challenge at the tribunal. Abubakar claimed in his challenge that the election was marred by irregularities. He mentioned among others over-voting in…

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Nigeria recalls it’s ambassador to South Africa over attacks

Nigeria has recalled its High Commissioner to South Africa as it reacts diplomatically to the attacks on its nationals. Ambassador Kabiru Bala, according to local media reporting was recalled, forcing him to also pull out of the World Economic Summit taking place in Cape Town this week. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Nigeria has demanded for “full compensation for the loss of life and property of Nigerians affected by the xenophobic attack”. It’s not only Nigeria that has decided to pull out of the World Economic Summit. Earlier, the…

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Why Nigeria’s Buhari is restricting food imports

There have been several interpretations to the order from Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to the country’s central bank to halt the funding of food imports. Some analysts have said the order has implications for the independence of the central bank of Nigeria. But the Nigerian government said the move it meant to boost consumption of locally produced food. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and is the continent’s top oil producer. But it relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. The country however wants to reduce the…

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Nigerians speak out on Twitter via #ThisIsNotMyNigeria

Nigerians have been speaking out about their country and what they consider inappropriate happenings as they demand reforms. On Twitter, many of them have been using the hashtag #ThisIsNotMyNigeria to express their views. Concerns have been raised on a wide range of issues including governance and national cohesion. Nigerians using the hashtag are demanding for a change to how issues in Nigeria are handled by the government as well. The hashtag has been trending at number one the whole of Friday. #ThisIsNotMyNigeria Please, if you’re among the 5 million people…

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