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A YEAR AFTER BUNI YADI

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As far as being patient and resilient are concerned, Nigerians are the toughest nuts around. We have been abused, battered, bruised and misused by the horrendous socio-economic policies of various governments and we’re still standing. Increase the pump price of petrol; we’ll grumble for a while but we’ll still pay. Ask us to pay for erratic/non-existent electricity; we’ll queue up at the various electricity distribution offices and still pay. Arbitrarily introduce new license plate numbers for vehicles and ram them down our throats; we’ll comply. Our landlords increase our rents at short notice; we’ll hustle our butts off (pardon my language) and make up for it. For those familiar with the afro beat music of Fela Anukulapo Kuti, the term “suffering & smiling” is the apt and simplest way to describe the plight of the common man in Nigeria. A friend of mine recently remarked that the definitions of the words “patient”, “hustle” and “resilient” should make special reference to Nigeri…

UNDERSTANDING CHAD'S INTERVENTION IN NIGERIA

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This article was written by Mukhtar Usman Janguza:  A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs, security, social and economic commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @JanguzaArewa
The Lesson of History and the Influence of Geography
(Chadian soldiers gathered near the Nigerian town of Gamboru after retaking the town, 1 February 2015. AFP)
On Thursday morning, January the 29th, news percolated through social media that Chadian forces, with the tacit consent of the Nigerian government, had crossed the international frontier and recaptured Malam Fatori – a north-eastern Nigerian town that had been captured by Boko Haram in October last year. This was a watershed moment. For the first time in Nigeria’s 54 years as an independent country, foreign troops are conducting major military operations inside the country. Similarly, with Chad’s intervention, the war against Boko Haram has entered a new phase, and possibly presages a wider regional interventi…