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

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.

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

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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