Why Nigerian Protesters Want the French Army Out

Ekaterina Blinova Nigerians took to the streets of the country’s capital Niamey on September 18, with some of the protesters carrying Russian flags and placards saying “criminal French Army – get out” and “The colonial army of Barkhane must go”. “The demonstration [on September 18] fits in a wider development and sentiment that has been…

Mutual Aid and Solidarity in Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

Pelumi Salako Young people joining the #EndSARS protesters in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. October 20, 2020. Photo: Emmage / Shutterstock.com Nigerian #EndSARS protesters were successful in getting a notorious police unit disbanded. But their real legacy is the unity it inspired among the people. On October 18, 2020, during the #EndSARS protests against police violence and…

The US is Turning Oil-Rich Nigeria into a Proxy for its Africa Wars

T.J. Coles US Army trainers drill Nigerian soldiers in Jaji between Jan. 15 and Feb. 22, 2018 Under the cover of counterterrorism, AFRICOM is beefing up Nigeria’s military to ensure the free flow of oil to the West, and using the country as a proxy against China’s influence on the continent. Last month, Nigeria’s President…

Nigeria: New Pandemic Tipping Point?

The B.1.617.2 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus recently found in India has landed in Africa’s most populated country, raising concerns about a possible worsening of the rate of infections and deaths from covid-19 that could overtake its borders and spread the pandemic to new areas of that continent. Context: Last week, Nigeria and Algeria notified…

Nigeria, #EndSARS, Imperialism/Zionism, & Pan-African Unity

Ahjamu Umi A major day to day challenge we face is we are revolutionary Pan-Africanists living in the most technologically advanced, yet politically unconscious, society in human history.  Despite the fact 50 million Africans live in the U.S., and that we are here because of the largest kidnapping crime in human history, the vast majority…

Nigerian Protesters Remain on the Streets as Army Begins 2-Month-Long Exercise

Pavan Kulkarni Nigerian protesters being chased by the police. File Photo (Business Day) Reports of armed thugs being on the prowl and even attacking protesters have come from many cities. The protests in Nigeria began on October 8 demanding the abolition of the infamous SARS police units The popular protests in Nigeria, which began earlier…

Massive People’s Movement in Nigeria Challenges Elite SARS Police Unit

Sameena RahmanProtests continue to take place across Nigeria after erupting earlier this month over incidents of extreme police brutality and corruption at the hands of the elite Nigerian police force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests were initially sparked after widespread online outcry after a video published online showcased a SARS officer murdering a young…

Nigeria Decides: “The Election Doesn’t Hold Out Much by Way of Alternatives to the Neoliberal Challenges”

Peoples Dispatch Atiku Abubakar to the left, Muhammadu Buhari to the right (Photo: Punch) To understand what this election means for labor rights, women rights and healthcare in the country, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian author, poet and environmental activist. The Nigerian elections, the largest democratic exercise in Africa, was yet again marked…

The Niger Delta in Nigeria: Another Example of Africa on Fire

A-APRP The Niger Delta is a region in the West African country of Nigeria that is known mostly for its vast oil reserves. Like most of Africa, not much more is known about the Niger Delta by most people in the world, particularly those in the West. Equally obscured is the reality that also like…