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Aug 5, 2014

Amnesty video seems to show Nigeria troops slitting Boko Haram suspects’ throats

LAGOS (Reuters) – Footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave.

Nigeria’s military is battling an increasingly vicious Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria. But its forces frequently come repeatedly under fire for human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings they usually deny.

Jul 31, 2014

Nigeria starts airport Ebola screening

LAGOS, July 31 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s civil aviation
authority (NCAA) said on Thursday it had started temperature
screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and
had suspended pan-African airline Asky for bringing the first
case to Lagos.

Ebola has killed 729 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone
and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. One
died in Lagos, a city of 21 million people with some of Africa’s
worst sanitation and healthcare.

Jul 31, 2014
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Nigeria opens its long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram

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(A teacher at Maska Road Islamic School teaches Hadith excerpts in a classroom in Kaduna, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney)

In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

Jul 30, 2014

Insight – Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram

KADUNA Nigeria (Reuters) – In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

Not everyone has got its message. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, known as the “Pants Bomber”, spent his youth in this school – and ended up trying unsuccessfully to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with explosives hidden in his underwear.

Jul 28, 2014

Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak

LAGOS, July 28 (Reuters) – The Nigerian city of Lagos shut
and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died
of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the
highly-infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country.

Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s Finance Ministry
in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July
20. He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in
Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home
to 21 million people. He died on Friday.

Jul 28, 2014

Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

LAGOS (Reuters) – The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country.

Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20 and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. He died on Friday.

Jul 20, 2014

Nigeria’s free-wheeling media fears crackdown over Boko Haram battle

ABUJA/LAGOS, July 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s press is
traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone -
whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government
sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on
coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

After 15 years of democracy, journalists believe the state
is trying to tame the vibrant, prolific media during its
faltering campaign to stamp out the militant Islamist group.

Jul 15, 2014

Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency

LAGOS/DAKAR (Reuters) – A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast.

But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign to stamp out the crippling virus in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic.

Jul 8, 2014

Jonathan’s PR offensive backfires in Nigeria and abroad

LAGOS, July 8 (Reuters) – Facing censure at home and
overseas for a perceived failure to protect civilians from
violent Islamists, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has
launched an international media offensive to try to turn the
tide of public opinion in his favour.

But those efforts have backfired abroad, where many greet
his defence with scepticism, and at home, where he was slated
for hiring U.S. public relations (PR) firm Levick for $1.2
million, in what critics called a waste of money.

Jul 2, 2014

Boko Haram carnage making Nigeria break-up less likely: Soyinka

ABEOKUTA Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria is suffering greater carnage at the hands of Islamist group Boko Haram than it did during a secessionist civil war, yet this has ironically made the country’s break-up less likely, Nigerian Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka said.

Speaking to Reuters at his home surrounded by rainforest near the southwestern city of Abeokuta, Soyinka said the horrors inflicted by the militants had shown Nigerians across the mostly Muslim north and Christian south that sticking together might be the only way to avoid even greater sectarian slaughter.

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