Author Archives: Michael Zoorob

Nigeria: Boko Haram assault, Sultan preaches tolerance, Ghana gas deal issues

Boko Haram attack A Boko Haram assault in the northern state of Borno killed 60 people. The insurgents reportedly hurled IED’s into homes in multiple villages, prompting the exodus of residents. Islamic Sultan preaches tolerance Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, the head of Nigeria’s Islamic Community, made comments at a conference emphasizing the coexistence of Nigeria’s various… Continue reading

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Nigeria: Boko Haram suicide bombing, “Rebase” of GDP, Court decision frees fmr central banker

Suicide blast at checkpoint A suicide bomber attacked  a checkpoint in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least fifteen civilians and six soldiers. The attack was attributed to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed the lives if 1500 Nigerians this year alone, about half of whom are civilians according to Amnesty International. Nigeria “becomes largest African… Continue reading

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Nigeria on The Katanga Question (AU Abstract)

POSITION IN BRIEF: While Nigeria of course sympathizes with the plight of the Katanga people, we cannot overlook the central importance of national unity as a mechanism for securing stability, peace, and good governance. As such, it is essential that the African Union take a strong stance condemning the secessionist declaration in Katanga as illegitimate… Continue reading

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Nigeria: Propaganda, Death toll benchmark, and a “House of Horror”

Boko Haram ups propaganda war against military Boko Haram released a video online this week of some of its militants shooting “confidently” into the main barracks of the Nigerian Army in the northeast part of the country. This portrayal of the conflict discords sharply with the proclamations by upper echelons of the Nigerian military and… Continue reading

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Nigeria to become 15th largest economy by 2050, closes schools, source of smuggled Turkish guns

Investment banker predicts Nigeria 15th largest economy by 2050 Tim O’Neil, formerly chairman of Goldman Sachs, predicted that Nigeria may become the 15th largest economy by 2050, citing the country’s “large and young” population as a source of potential growth. O’Neil emphasized the importance of education, boosting productivity, and increasing access to technology as drivers… Continue reading

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Allah is Not Obliged DQ2

1. Why do you think General Samuel Doe bothered to use the language of democracy (“the voice of the people, the will of the people, all that shit…”) when it was apparent he was not a democrat? 2. Were you surprised to learn that one of the warlords (General Baclay) was a woman? What did… Continue reading

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Probe into lost oil money, Police beat Nigerian in Cape Town, Pastoral violence

Audit of oil money announced Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced that “foreign firms” would audit the state-owned oil company in light of accusations made a month ago by the head of the central bank that $20 billion were missing. Following the allegation, the head of the central bank was sacked by President Jonathan, who denies… Continue reading

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Allah is Not Obliged DQ1

1. What did you make of the repeated juxtaposition between “what African people say” and “what French people say” regarding certain phrases? 2. What did you make of the comment by a nurse that the speaker’s mother suffered from a “native disease” that couldn’t be treated with conventional medicine? 3. What do you suspect is… Continue reading

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Nigeria: Sacked central bank head, health care “hack-a-thon”, and a premature “victory” claim

Central Bank Governor suspended after reporting fraud Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan for alleged “financial recklessness and misconduct”; Sanusi, who “widely-respected” for banking reforms and was named Central Banker of the Year in 2010 by Banker magazine, last week pointed out that $20 billion of state oil revenue was… Continue reading

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No Longer at Ease DQ2

1. What are some examples in the book of the tension between new, “modern” modes of thinking and Igbo traditions?
2. What elements of colonialism do Mr Green and Mr Omo symbolize?
3. How does language play into Oki’s struggle of ident… Continue reading

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