Opinion

The Kaduna Crisis and Our Common Humanity, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Nigeria is a diverse country, and Kaduna State is one of the most diverse in the country. Our duty is to uphold a common citizenship, united in respect for the rule of law, equality of opportunity and promotion of the rights and liberties of everyone. We cannot allow our common…
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Rising Insecurity: My Surprise At the President’s Surprise, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Following the president’s remarks that he is surprised at the growing insecurity in the country, what Nigerians are asking is: What have the security agencies been telling him? Are they telling him the reality that all ordinary Nigerians know that no part of this country is safe today and the…
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Zamfara: The Gold ‘Armada’, By Dele Agekameh

The gold-inspired violence in Zamfara and the North-West is a multi-layered problem that combines issues of the economy, insecurity, border control, regional hegemony and politics. Any government response must factor in each of these issues for it to be robust and efficient. In the past couple of months, Zamfara State…
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The Trajectory of Mass Killings, Atrocities and Scorched Earth In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The core problem therefore is that the state is largely absent in rural Nigeria, in terms of its role in social and security provisioning. There is widespread poverty, absence of social and physical infrastructure, access roads, schools and primary health centres. The state is however present as an organ of…
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The Dangers of Boxing In the Pastoralists (1), By Jibrin Ibrahim

As violence between herdsmen and farmers has grown and developed into criminality and rural banditry, popular narratives creating meaning, context and (mis)understandings have been emerging. The manifesting narratives on rural banditry in the media and in popular discourse are becoming part of the drivers expanding conflicts in the country. People…
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Forests that Kill and Destroy: Rural Banditry in Northern Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) should set up a committee to study the conflicts in Birnin Gwari, Dansadau and Sabuwa, as well as similar conflicts in other parts of the country, before decisions are taken to resolve them. The problem of rural banditry is not only in…
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Rural Banditry: From the Crisis of Nomadism to State Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Rural banditry in West Africa has exploded on the basis a long-term crisis located in climate change. As the climate becomes drier, there is an increase in the southward migration of pastoralists from the Sahelian belt in search of water and pastures for their livestock, creating pressures on the available…
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