Burkina Faso servicemen hold portraits during the burial of soldiers killed in an Al-Qaeda attack in Gaskinde in October 2022.
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The spike in violence was marked by a 68% increase in fatalities involving civilians.
The violence in north-east Nigeria has displaced thousands of people.
The insecurity in the area has serious implications for development and the well-being of people, especially young people.
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What a new president needs to know as he takes the reins of a deeply divided and disillusioned country.
Protests against police violence from the #EndSars movement face off soldiers in Auchi, Nigeria.
Africa’s powerhouse is about to elect its president in a highly volatile climate. Scholars have noted that each election gives way to violence, resulting in a high death toll.
Local residents gather around the biggest mosque in the region for the evening prayer in Bahai, Chad.
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Chad fulfils all conditions to be affected by Islamist terrorism. But the threat so far comes from its neighbours, not from the inside.
Young Nigerians rallying to support Labour candidate Peter Obi consider themselves part of the ‘Obi-dient’ movement.
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An expert on Nigerian political history explains why the 2023 elections are unique and critical.
Supporters of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party describe their presidential candidate and his running mate as unifiers because of their ethnic and religious mix.
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Damage to the fragile Nigerian state is one possible fallout of mixing religion with politics.
Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit
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Spiralling insecurity is one of the biggest takeaways when considering Nigeria’s year in review, in 2022.
Systemic large scale forced abortions in Nigeria’s north-east are a new development.
Catholic faithful stage a peaceful protest to condemn the rampant killing in Benue State, North Central of Nigeria.
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Through articles written by academic experts in the course of the year, The Conversation Africa takes a second look at Nigeria in 2022.
Residents fleeing a village in Plateau State, north central Nigeria, after an attack by armed bandits.
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The interests of bandits and jihadists are converging in Nigeria and this poses a formidable threat to the country’s security.
Parents of students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, pray inside the school premises.
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To stem the tide of violent extremism across the Sahel region, especially northwest Nigeria, the vulnerabilities and grudges of border communities need to be properly addressed.
A UK mural employs the trending hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
BringBackOurGirls led to a global outcry, but it simplified a complex history that is best understood through survivor accounts.
Nigerian terrorists Boko Haram attracted worldwide condemnation when it kidnapped hundreds of school girls.
Families are worried that a new Nigerian law will stop them getting their kidnapped friends or relatives back.
Motorbikes riders in Nigeria’s capital Lagos.
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Rather than ban motorcycles, the Nigerian government must intensify its military campaigns and address socioeconomic causes of insecurity.
Recent fines on media houses in Nigeria are attempts to gag them.
Media houses fined recently by Nigeria’s Broadcasting Commission for documentaries on terrorism should approach the courts for redress.
Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja in March 2020.
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Incidents of terror attack on churches in Nigeria don’t happen in a vacuum. They are driven by jihadism, pastoral conflicts and related criminality.
Protesters in Lagos register their displeasure against rising insecurity.
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Nigeria’s next president must take these steps to redeem the country’s endangered national security.
Women wait for food distribution to commence at the Government Girls Secondary School IDP camp in Monguno, Nigeria.
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Sexual violence against women and girls in Nigeria’s northeastern region persists because of the Nigerian government’s lax response to cases of sexual offences.
Smoke from the Ikoyi prison that was set on fire in central Lagos on October 22, 2020.
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Jailbreaks in Nigeria point to the need to reform the justice system.