Category: Nigeria

NIGERIA: Covid-19 challenges abound

  • Nigeria faces a second wave of Covid-19 infections, with a steady surge since December 2020.
  • The government is hesitant to reintroduce restrictions on movement that proved hugely unpopular and were in fact widely ignored in spring last year.
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NIGERIA: What next for #endSARS?

  • The #endSARS movement will likely retreat to social media for the foreseeable future and forfeit much of its leverage as a result.
  • Past precedent suggests little of substance will emanate from the official commissions of inquiry set up to investigate the armed forces’ human rights abuses.
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NIGERIA: #endSARS protests at a crossroads

The shooting of peaceful protesters by security forces in Lagos in the evening of 20 October is likely to become a watershed moment for the #endSARS protests. Throughout 21 October, reports of civil unrest targeting government buildings, security installations as well as property belonging to the political elites across Lagos multiplied, despite a city-wide curfew imposed the previous day.… Read the rest

NIGERIA: #endSARS Protests No Arab Spring-Style Movement Yet

After several days of protests demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), Nigeria’s chief of police announced the unit’s immediate dissolution 11 October. Nevertheless, demonstrators vowed to continue their protests unless and until the announcement was backed up by an executive order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.… Read the rest

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NIGERIA: Will the PIB finally pass?

  • On 28 September, the government forwarded the latest draft Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to the National Assembly for consideration.
  • Amid other things, the bill suggests putting the state-owned Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on a new legal basis and stripping it of its regulatory functions.
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NIGERIA: Edo state election informs race for Buhari’s succession

The outcome of the 19 September gubernatorial election in the southern Edo state will have major implications for the balance of power within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In fact, if the APC fails to win in Edo state, this could put a premature end to south-western powerbroker Bola Tinubu’s widely suspected ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.… Read the rest