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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt – Day 5

An official from the Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society gives relief items to the head of the village of Bet - Credits: Eromo Egbejule
Over the past two days, 15-16 July, I have spoken with a few survivors of the vicious attacks by suspected herdsmen across Plateau State during the period of 21-24 June. These people come from various villages and represent different ethnicities, ages, genders and religions. But there has been a recurring factor common to all: the looting of harvested crops by the attackers. The displacement of farmers could have a big impact on local and national food security.

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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt – Days 3-4

A camp for internally displaced people in Jos
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) is the umbrella body for cattle owners in Nigeria, including herders. The president of Nigeria has a ceremonial role in the group. Former president Goodluck Jonathan acknowledged the role; President Muhammadu Buhari, a cattle owner himself, embraced it, even before his emergence as Nigeria's number-one citizen.

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Investing Benin: ITV: Serge Adjovi, Director, Digital Economy Agency

SergeThe digital economy is one of the four sectors supported by the Government Action Programme (GAP) to transform the economy. Just as it does for energy or transport, the State is investing heavily in this sector. We interview Serge Adjovi, Director, Digital Economy Agency

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NIGERIA: "We are pushing the population to the brink"; Donald Duke

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Donald Duke, two-time governor of Cross River State and a part-time saxophone player at jazz festivals, wants to conduct a much larger orchestra next year: Nigeria’s 180 million people. In June, the 56-year-old politician declared his intention to run for president in the 2019 polls. He speaks to The Africa Report on President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard, the Niger Delta, insecurity, industrial policy, devolution of powers and a $500m flop from his time as governor.

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Frontline: Problems with Privinvest

 

Camille MillerandThe Nigerian former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala recounts her face-off with the shipbuilder

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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt - Day 2

Rev. Fr. James Davou is the rector of the St John Vianney seminary at Barkin Ladi, which was temporarily home to people displaced by herder-farmer violence
Today, I was in the area formerly known as Gwoll. In pre-independence Nigeria, Jos and its environs were part of a huge mining hub that gradually broke up with the oil boom in the 1970s. Still, old mining ponds lie across the state, with one of them in Gwoll. Mining brought colonial administrators and settlers from across Nigeria and beyond. And soon enough, the area was renamed Barkin Ladi, which in Hausa means 'City of Sunday'. Then, both settlers and indigenes lived in relative peace.

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