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How first coup still haunts Nigeria 50 years on

Although most of Nigeria’s current population of about 170 million was not born when the country’s first coup was staged 50 years ago, its legacy lingers on, writes Nigerian historian and author Max Siollun. On 15 January 1966, a group of young, idealistic, UK-trained army majors overthrew Nigeria’s democratic government in a violent military coup. The coup leaders described it as a brief and temporary revolution to end corruption and ethnic rivalry. Instead, it made them worse. The coup exposed the vulnerability of the Nigerian state, and how simple it…

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Legarde Arrives Nigeria As President Buhari Struggles to Save The Economy

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s two major tasks are ending corruption and reviving the economy, tasks if well done would translate into achievements in other areas of governance. But while he seems to have the corruption fight all figured out, President Buhari has been faltering in the economic space. He will be looking forward to the visit of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during January 4–9, 2016 who will engage with policy makers and other stakeholders in the country. Lagarde has arrived Nigeria. According to the Fund, Lagarde will…

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