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June 9, 2014 Nigeria: Beyond the Hashtag Debates
"As is often the case in situations of widespread insecurity and
violence, the displacement caused by Boko Haram and the [Nigerian]
army's operations against it has reduced people's ability to feed
themselves both directly and indirectly. Not only have IDPs exhausted
their own supplies, making them dependent on their hosts' resources,
but over 60 per cent of the region's farmers have been displaced just
before the start of the planting season, making food crops scarcer
and setting the scene for protracted shortages." - Internal
Displacement Monitoring Centre
April 7, 2014 Nigeria: Security Forces and Insecurity
"Boko Haram is both a serious challenge and manifestation of more
profound threats to Nigeria's security. Unless the federal and
state governments, and the region, develop and implement
comprehensive plans to tackle not only insecurity but also the
injustices that drive much of the troubles, Boko Haram, or groups
like it, will continue to destabilise large parts of the country.
Yet, the government's response is largely military, and political
will to do more than that appears entirely lacking." -
International Crisis Group, April 3, 2014
March 25, 2014 Nigeria: Corruption & Its International Partners
The Nigerian government has pledged to order a forensic audit of
alleged missing oil receipts, which Central Bank Governor Lamido
Sanusi reckoned at some $20 billion before his suspension by
President Goodluck Jonathan in February. Previous
experience with such audits has led Nigerians to be skeptical of
the outcome. On a much earlier case, however, this month the U.S.
Department of Justice froze some $458 million of assets embezzled
by former dictator Sani Abacha and his colleagues during his years
in office from 1993-1998.