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Yomi Adeyemi commented on a post on Blogger.
Great article. You raise a very good question about the unclear nature of this growing crises. I think the tension between the Muslim North and mostly Christian parts of Nigeria are a fundamental part of this problem. Remember that these two religions were both imported to West Africa- they both have a history of expansionism that, much like it has in may other parts of the world, has led to many direct and indirect conflicts.

In this case my impression has been that the control of land resources such as oil has been the focal point of conflict since the formation of the Nigerian state. Most of the oil is extracted in the Christian/Western parts of the Country, but it is then transported to the North where the oil refineries are actually located. This has resulted in a constant struggle over who has land rights, and who mostly benefits from the sale of refined oil products on the world market.

To me it seems that groups like Boko Haram grew out of the disenchantment of a poor underclass in the North- most of its members are uneducated young men/ boys. At some point however, this group garnered funding and support from some foreign players- people identified as Al Qaeda in the media- and probably from some players within the Country who hoped to use terrorism as a tool to destabilize the Nigerian government (in the past there have been prominent Muslims who have vowed to literally make the Country 'ungovernable' due to their dislike of the Jonathan administration or the government at large)

There have long been detractors of the Nigerian state who see it as an ill-conceived venture that will and should ultimately split into separate independent Countries, and as the violence and terrorism continue, I think this issue will continue to grow. Nigeria is set for a major Presidential election in 2015, so I would be following the trends very closely as  this year plays out.

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Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced
JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Ten African innovators have created practical solutions...

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Yomi Adeyemi commented on a post on Blogger.
It'll be interesting to see how the Jonathan Administration responds to the adoption of this new system, if they allow it to be properly implemented at all...

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Yomi Adeyemi commented on a post on Blogger.
Great find Michael. I'm pretty sure I've read reports with Afrobarometer data before, but I've never taken a closer look at the source.

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Yomi Adeyemi commented on a post on Blogger.
I hadn't heard much about the political unrest in Algeria, but I'm sadly not surprised, this sort of 'Imperial Presidency' structure is disappointingly common throughout Africa. These people claim that they're necessary because the democratic system is too fragile, but clearly they don't understand Democracy!

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Yomi Adeyemi commented on a post on Blogger.
Excellent points here. The scope of this movement has encompassed a much larger part of Africa than many people may have suspected judging by the popular media Zeitgeist.
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