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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 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...
A Yoruba proverb says, “When rain falls continuously and refuses to stop, we have no control over whose father it will drench.” This aptly captures the present stance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government on the closure of the Nigerian land...
We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our concern over the increasing trend of draft legislation on hate speech and “fake news” in the region. Many African governments have begun to draft legislation on these issues without regard to...
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...
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...
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...
I first published this article in 28 May 2014 in Sahara Reporters. I am however concerned that some of the issues I raised then are still valid today and as such, I have elected to republish here. The Recent Development...
An Italian man who has been confirmed to be Nigeria's first coronavirus case after arriving from Milan was in the country for almost two full days before being isolated, travelling through Lagos and visiting another state. The case has prompted a scramble...
Source: UN News Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to head the world body by acclamation on Tuesday in the General Assembly Hall in New York and will succeed Ecuador’s Maria Fernanda Espinosa. “Peace and security, poverty eradication,...