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Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.

Nigeria has been home to a number of ancient and indigenous kingdoms and states over the millennia. The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and took its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures while practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960. It experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It thereafter alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential election considered the first to be reasonably free and fair. Continue reading on Wikipedia

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In the past, I have written about Nigerian Police 👮‍♀️ and their notoriety. But the more worrying part is the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The name does bring bad memories not for criminals but young Nigerians. In fact, our...
In late 2017, Nigerian human rights defenders and activists launched a massive campaign tagged #EndSARS. The campaign was aimed at drawing attention to human rights violations committed by the Special AntiRobbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian police...
Within 24 hours of its origination, about 100,000 Twitterati massively unfollowed Buhari, the ‘sleepy’ leader who has ‘remained unmoved’ towards #ENDSARS protests. The following day, on 11th October 2020, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu dissolved the infamous...
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has a case count of fewer than 50 coronavirus cases. But what’s become increasingly clear is that low number is not because the country has been lucky or particularly effective with preventing the spread...
On the night of December 16, 1773, in Boston, present-day United States, groups of masked men, from a crowd of more than five thousand, boarded three British ships and dumped cargoes of tea into the waters. The value of...
In the 1960s, a colonial officer leaving a particular country in Africa described it as a “useless piece of territory.” (1, Page 26). And for good reason. At the time of independence, this territory was one of the poorest...
Paradigm Initiative is opening calls for a pioneer fellow of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab to work at the Paradigm Initiative headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, from February 2020 for a 3- or 6-months period. The fellowship is...
The APC in 2015 had a single word mantra: Change. It was powerful. It was reminiscent of the Barack Obama campaign of 2008. Mr. Obama took on the establishment, wrestling the democratic party’s ticket from the hands of the experienced stateprenur...
Originally published in the EIE newsletter It seems the government's solution to every problem is rebranding. We said #EndSARS, they brought SWAT. We are saying #CancelToSocialMediaBill and they have moved from plagiarising Singapore's Bill to wanting to emulate China's clampdown...
To say that politics and politicking have taken over the Nigerian landscape is stating the obvious. With a few months before the 2019 general elections, the din and drama of the contest for public office has assumed deafening proportions....