Nigeria

Millions of Nigerians Support Boko Haram's Jihadism

Daniel Brett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Daniel Brett

Political illiteracy may not matter to those millions who support Boko Haram's nihilistic brand of jihadism, regardless of its negative impact on Nigeria's security, territorial integrity and communal relations. Yet, some may see the emergence of such violent insurrection as inevitable in a country plagued by corruption, state terror, political manipulation of ethnic divides and areas of extreme poverty.

Nigerians Must Raise Their Voices Against Violence

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We know there is a terrible price to be paid for silence in the face of violence; for apathy in the face of oppression; and for indifference in the face of injustice. We cannot stay silent and walk by on the other side of the road. We must stand up and speak out for those who cannot stand or speak for themselves. But we cannot do it on our own.

Nigeria: On the Verge of a Food Crisis?

Charles Usie | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Charles Usie

We can proactively address the food crisis issue and put in place measures to reduce its impact, but without addressing the causes of the widening gap between rich and poor any solution will be short term.

More Than 60 Nigerian Women & Girls Escape Boko Haram

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More than 60 women and girls have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say. The escapees had been abducted from K...

The Head Of ISIS Has Just Given A Terrifying Warning To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Terror group ISIS will march on Rome in its quest to establish an Islamic state from the Middle East across Europe, its self-proclaimed 'caliph' has a...

Why Investing in Malaria Control Matters for the Muslim World

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

The small bite of an infected mosquito caused an estimated 207 million cases of malaria in largely developing countries around the world each year. Almost half of these cases occur in predominantly Muslim countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)...

Nigerian Pop Star Offers Virginity In Exchange For Release Of Schoolgirls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian pop star has offered up her virginity in exchange for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Adokiye Kyria, who descri...

Atheist Declared Mentally Ill Because He Doesn't Believe In God

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian man says he has been detained on a psychiatric ward and forcibly medicated on the grounds of his atheism. Mubarak Bala has been held ag...

Across the World, Girls' Lives Are Being Wasted in a Cycle of Violence and Poverty - What You Can Do to Help

Hugh Dennis | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Hugh Dennis

I was horrified to hear about the recent attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni - it just highlights how vulnerable poor communities are in the country and, in particular, women and girls. With the ongoing plight of the 300 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria and the horrific killings of two teenage girls in India and now Pakistan, never before has there been a greater time, to raise funds and awareness to put a stop to such cruel practices and to safeguard the lives and education of girls across the developing world.

Horror As Somali Militants Kill Dozens Watching World Cup In Kenya (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES FOLLOW Somali jihadists have massacred dozens of people who congregated to watch the World Cup in a Kenyan coastal resort...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

Boko Haram 'Will Fail In Twisted Mission'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said everything possible will be done to make sure Boko Haram, which kidnapped hundreds of school girls in Nigeria...

Foreign Policy Must Adapt to Tackle the Threat of Boko Haram

Martin Edobor | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Nigeria has the potential to be a thriving nation with a thriving economy, a beacon in a region that has been through decades of difficulty. Boko Haram is preventing this vision becoming a reality. It must be stopped.

Nigerian FGM Mother To Be Deported With Daughters On Tuesday

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

A mother who fears her two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation in her native Nigeria has been told she will be deported on Tuesda...

It May Not Be Over For Nigerian Mother Fighting Deportation

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

A Nigerian mother who claims her two small daughters will have their genitals mutilated if they are deported back to Lagos has had a temporary repriev...

Jessica Elgot

Virgin Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Deportation Of Mum Whose Daughters Face FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines have been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to block the extradition of an asylum seeker and her two children, w...

Why #BringBackOurGirls Isn't Just Another Slacktivism Campaign

Asher Wren | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Tech
Asher Wren

Unlike hashtag campaigns that have come and gone before, #BringBackOurGirls has unified a global audience and, apart from a microscopic percentage of Boko Haram supporters, the whole world is behind the message, if not the means, of the campaign. Hashtag campaigns about everything from Orca captivity, to gay marriage, to Invisible Children; even the #YesAllWomen hashtag have all divided national and global opinions (rightly or wrongly) where #BringBackOurGirls has united the world's population in solidarity.

A Glimmer of Hope on Children's Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today, on Nigerian Children's Day, the girls will still be held in captivity - and their horror continues unabated. We still do not know whether they are being trafficked into slavery or have been abused as has happened to past hostages. And while the Nigerian government has sent more troops to Borno state to back up the 15,000 already on the search, and as satellite and aircraft surveillance has been stepped up, it will take a delicate operation to secure every child's safe homecoming. As we prepare to celebrate Children's Day in Nigeria, America and in many countries around the world, our thoughts are firmly focused on practical measures that can ensure the safe release of the girls and the end of the nightmare for their families.

'We Know Where Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are – But Won't Rescue Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK

Nigeria's military has apparently located nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, but fears using force to try to free them could get t...

Bring Back Our Nigerian School Girls

Manos Antoninis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Contrary to expectations, the introduction of the universal basic education law in Nigeria and the transfer of responsibility for delivering education to state and local governments exacerbated already huge disparities instead of reducing them.

Do Investors Know What Shell Is Up To?

Brendan O'Donnell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Brendan O'Donnell

Business people sometimes think we campaigners are a bit naïve. Our lofty ideals should be accommodated as far as possible, but business is business. We need to be realistic about how the world works. Well, we are idealistic. But that doesn't mean our arguments don't make business sense.

One Month on, the World Must Stand Up for Education

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Malala Yousafzai's shooting and the Nigerian abduction are at the same, extreme end of a spectrum of belief which sadly exists across many parts of the world; a belief that girls shouldn't have the chance to learn.

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

Matt Carr | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram? The answer to this question does not seem clear, even to the Nigerian government itself. Throughout much of the crisis the administration of president Goodluck Jonathan has dropped fat hints that it is engaging or attempting to engage in some kind of behind-the-scenes dialogue with the kidnappers.