Nigerian Election Diary – A Historic Moment

by Emmanuel Akinwotu General Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections, in a truly historic moment. For the first time since the end of military rule, an opposition party has won an election in a country where power never changes hands. President Goodluck Jonathan, in swiftly calling General Buhari to congratulate him, adds a final… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary — Buhari’s Pitch for Power in Chatham House

by Emmanuel Akinwotu There was a striking significance to what General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC opposition presidential candidate, did not say in his speech in Chatham House yesterday morning. Not once did Buhari mention the current president Goodluck Jonathan by name. He did not mention the PDP, whose 16-year grip on power is for the… Read More

Nigerian Elections: A Caustic Diary

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Elections, for all their gravitas and potential political ramifications, are, at least on planet Nigeria, a box-set series of ceaselessly unravelling drama. Here from London, in February, the most difficult month of the year to scroll through twitter on an iPhone without gloves, it has been gripping at every stage. None of… Read More

Boko Haram have capitalised on Nigeria’s north/south divide

by Florence Okoye  Reports are trickling through that indicate Boko Haram have struck yet again with impunity. Over the weekend another bomb was detonated, killing 2 and injuring 48. Next, news came that between 60-80 people had been kidnapped in neighbouring Cameroon. Radio 4’s Mishal Husain, speaking to one of Cameroon’s ministers, reported that he… Read More

Ongoing terrorism in Nigeria is not novel, the use of children as human bombs is #WeAreAllNigeria

by Cristine Edusi On the 12th January, I returned to the UK having spent most of December and much of my new year in Nigeria. I boarded the plane and looked forward to perusing the on flight entertainment but before I could, the news about the 10-year-old “suicide bomber” in Borno appeared on my screen. According… Read More

Boko Haram have murdered over 10,000 people in 5 years. When will the world wake up to it?

by Samantha Asumadu I’ve been following the murderous exploits of Boko Haram alongside Somalia’s Al-Shabaab for a number of years. I once tried to weigh them up, comparing and contrasting these two entities causing havoc throughout the regions in which they operate. Initially, bear with me here, I could comprehend the root causes of why… Read More

What Will Nigeria Owe America Now?

by Atane Ofiaja Calamity befalling Nigeria is now the norm. Who could have envisioned regular bombings in Abuja, the nation’s capital? This is where we are, my Nigeria almost seems unrecognizable. New York City has been where I’ve lived for my entire adult life, but Nigeria is still home. Fond memories as a child in… Read More