Will Nigerian State Survive Twin Crises of Covid-19 and Conflict?

A toxic mix of factors threatens the cohesion of Nigeria. These include insurgencies generated by government neglect and corruption; exploitation of discontent by armed bands of religious supremacists claiming to represent Islam; increasing insecurity and violence; climate change that is causing competition for scarce resources of land; lack of health care that is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic; and brutal state oppression. How will these enormous challenges be met by the State, non-governmental organisations, citizens, and international entities?

Parents protest against the kidnapping of their children from a college in Nigeria - 29 were eventually freed by the gunmen, Nigerian authorities said. The kidnappers had demanded ransom in a graphic video, but the parents' group would not say how much was paid.

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