Nigeria

Boko Haram

30 December 2012 Boko Haram By Gwynne Dyer It is not known if the word “dysfunctional” was invented specifically to describe the Nigerian state – several other candidates also come to mind – but the word certainly fills the bill. The political institutions of Africa’s biggest country are incapable of dealing with even the smallest …

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Nigeria and Boko Haram

28 August 2011 Nigeria and Boko Haram by Gwynne Dyer On Sunday Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, visited the scene of last week’s bombing at the United Nations office in Abuja, the capital, and said the sort of things that presidents must say on such occasions. Since the UN was involved, he said that it had …

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Will Nigeria Survive?

12 March 2010 Will Nigeria Survive? By Gwynne Dyer There are notable differences between Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, and Umaru Yar’Adua, the current president (more or less) of Nigeria. For one thing, Yar’Adua did not found the League of Nations or win the Nobel Peace Prize, whereas Wilson did. For …

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The Population Boom

12 March 2007 The Population Boom By Gwynne Dyer You look at the numbers and you think: “That’s impossible.” Uganda had about seven million people at independence in 1962, and in only 45 years it has grown to 30 million. By 2050, just over four more decades, there will be 130 million Ugandans, and it …

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