Category Archives: (In)security in Nigeria

Producing certificates of origin and negotiating the state in Nigeria

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Laurent Fourchard tells us about his research into certificates of origin in Nigeria, and explains why talk of ‘corruption’ does not get us far in exploring the politics and processes that surround them. Laurent is a is a senior researcher with the French Foundation of Political Science (FNSP) at the research institute ‘Les Afriques dans le […]

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Buhari and Boko Haram: A return to brutality?

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Andrew Walker argues that Buhari’s military past was characterised by a brutality that is likely to re-emerge as he seeks to tackle Boko Haram. Andrew has been writing around Nigeria since 2006. He worked in Abuja for The Daily Trust and reported from there for the BBC. His new book, ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel: […]

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Muslim politics and shari‘a in Nigeria

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Alexander Thurston argues that many accounts of shari’a law in Nigeria have underestimated the complex politics that surround this issue, overlooked the diversity of Muslim constituencies involved in its implementation, and failed to explore the unstable political alliances between Muslim scholars and elected Muslim politicians. A more detailed account of his research has recently been published in African Affairs. […]

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Six factors that help us to understand Boko Haram

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This week, we launched a broader series on security in Nigeria, exploring the latest research and comment on the security sector and security threats in the country. As part of that series, we are sharing a summary of Raufu Mustapha’s recent talk on Boko Haram at the University of Edinburgh. Raufu is an Associate Professor of […]

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Porridge, piety and patience: Why traditional Qur’anic students in northern Nigeria feel embarrassed to be poor

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This month, we will be starting a series on security in Nigeria. Our definition of security will be broad, as is our interest in the factors that drive it. As part of this series, Hannah Hoechner explores the ways in which poverty is shamed and hidden in Nigeria. She questions the connections and disconnections between young people’s […]

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