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United Nations in an era of growing nationalism

Developing crises in the international community particularly the ongoing deployment of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine which has drawn sharp criticism from the United States and her NATO allies presage possible big powers conflict if care is not taken. Hopefully, this will not lead to a shooting war between Russia and NATO and its leading power the United States but we could see a proxy war between Ukraine aided by NATO and Russian troops backing Russian ethnic Ukrainians who have effectively set up their own country adjacent to Russia. It is unlikely President Joe Biden would allow Russia to annex eastern Ukraine as it did to Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. readmore

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Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo State, freeing detainees. No group has claimed responsibility, but police say the likely perpetrators are the Eastern Security Network, the armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). readmore

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Boko Haram: Fresh Thoughts Around Prosecution Of Suspects

For the governors of North East, one of the ways the scourge of terrorism and terror groups can abate is if the Federal Government grants prosecutorial rights of suspected terrorists to state governments in the zone. The North-East is one of the six geo-politico zones of Nigeria and has an estimated population of 23m representing 13.5 percent of the country’s population. The zone occupies slightly less than one-third of Nigeria’s total area and comprises six states, namely: Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba. Although Nigeria is affected by several conflicts based on overlapping ethnic, religious, political, and regional divisions, the rise of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East appears to be the most severe as it has left thousands of civilians and security operatives dead and displaced millions of others. readmore

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Inter-Communal Violence Will Threaten Stability in Nigeria, Other West…

The Annual Threat Assessment, a yearly report of worldwide threats to the national security of the US, reflects the collective insights of the US Intelligence Community (IC). The 2021 edition was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in April 2021. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, in coordination with Intelligence Community leaders, released the report to the Congress as an unclassified annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States. readmore

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Going Home or Staying Safe in NE Nigeria, An…

“Boko Haram was in my house!” three-year-old Aisha said with a frown, sat next to her mother Hadiza in a run-down camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. The little girl froze with fear on seeing the jihadists last month before her mother grabbed her and ran. It wasn’t even the first time 25-year-old Hadiza fled her hometown of Dikwa to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. readmore

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UN Officials Count Losses, List Properties Destroyed By Boko…

The Boko Haram fighters destroyed highly-priced items belonging to the United Nations in their latest onslaught on Damasak town in Borno State, according to an inventory revealed. The terrorists had in a fresh wave of attacks invaded Damasak on Saturday, setting fire this time to UN buildings, two other humanitarian hubs, and forcing aid workers to flee for their lives. readmore

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27th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi in…

Who: The Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Ethiopia and Permanent Mission to the African Union
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The overall purpose of this annual commemoration is to continuously awaken greater awareness of the African peoples and the international community about the value of life and humanity and to renew our collective commitment to protect and uphold fundamental human rights. readmore

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Boko Haram: Women, Girls Randomly Raped in IDPs Camps…

Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has said that women and girls in the Boko-Haram infested Northeast are randomly raped in exchange for food and water. The Project said that the incidences occurred mostly in the host communities and the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps located in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe States, and Abuja, the federal capital territory. readmore

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Brutality Against Women and Girls Needs…

Boko Haram fighters targeted women and girls with rape and other sexual violence, amounting to war crimes, during recent raids in northeast Nigeria, new research by Amnesty International has revealed. In February and March 2021, Amnesty International interviewed 22 people in a cluster of villages in northern Borno State that Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked since late 2019. readmore