Posts Tagged ‘Nigeria

25
Mar
10

Are social network discussions ever off limits?

An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned a human rights group from using Facebook and Twitter, to discuss the country’s first amputation for theft.
“We condemn the ruling and reject it. We think it is a violation of our freedom of expression,”  says Shehu Sani the Civil Rights Congress president.  

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09
Mar
10

On air: Violence in Nigeria

Two questions appear to be at the centre of your discussions of the weekend’s shocking violence near Jos. They are: 1) Why is it happening? and 2) why isn’t more attention being paid to it? (Though Hillary has now commented.)We’ll ask both, as well as hear about our sister’s show Africa Have Your Say’s discussion on what now needs to be done to present such massacres happening again. Questions and comments welcome… and pls leave your number if you want to come on air. We won’t publish the number online.

09
Mar
10

WHYS at the Univ. of Miami


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12
Jan
10

When do you decide that a leader is not fit to govern?

After weeks of speculation over his health, Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has broken his silence saying he’s ‘hopeful of a return soon’.

The President’s been missing, dead, brain-damaged and thriving – all in a matter of weeks.

With Nigeria’s image taking a battering in recent weeks, some are asking if this was the right time to go awol. That’s why Nigerians have been taking to the streets.

He’s says he’s recovering, the people aren’t as confident. So when do you decide when a leader’s time is up? Continue reading ‘When do you decide that a leader is not fit to govern?’

28
Dec
09

Who do you blame for the “syringe bomber” ?

His family contacted security agencies two months ago to raise concerns and his teachers say he was showing signs of extremism from a young age.

 He was even on a terrorism watch list.

So how did Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Nigerian man suspected of plotting to blow up a  plane from Amsterdam to Detroit get so close to fulfilling his goal?

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12
Nov
09

Is it time for Africa to apologise over Slavery?

_46715438_slavery226getty[1]Stand up and admit your ancestors played a crucial part in the trade of 11 million human beings from Africa. This is what Nigeria’s Civil Rights Congress is suggesting. Continue reading ‘Is it time for Africa to apologise over Slavery?’

21
Oct
09

Should witchcraft be an accepted part of society?

You may find some of the scenes in this video disturbing.
This video is all over the Indian media. Five women were paraded naked, beaten and forced to eat human excrement by villagers who accused them of being witches.
In Nigeria, hundreds of children have been killed after being branded witches. Village tradition? Poverty? Or should we just accept that in some communities, believing in witches is just the norm?




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