Category Archives: Stabilisation

How to Create An Insurgency (2): Exercise Python Dance and 50 years of Biafra

Of the numerous issues facing Nigeria, it appears that the Nigerian government feels there are not enough. Agitation in South East Nigeria for the restoration of the former secessionist Republic of Biafra has seen a resurgence particularly before and after … Continue reading

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How to Create an Insurgency: The Southern Camerouns Anglophone Crisis

There is a penchant for governments in general and African governments in particular, to convert relatively easily resolved political grievances into intractable insurgencies. It would appear that the Camerounian Government has enjoyed the Boko Haram insurgency so much that it … Continue reading

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 11 February 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States) 05 February Gunmen mounted in up to 5 pick up trucks and 8motorcycles attacked military positions in SASAWA, DAMATURU LGA, YOBE State 27km north of DAMATURU with small arms and IEDs around … Continue reading

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 14 January 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States) 08 January The NSCDC BORNO State command stated that a faction of IMN that has allegedly disavowed EL ZAKZAKY had been identified and interviewed in KWAYA KUSAR LGA 2 x male PBIEDs … Continue reading

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The Gambian Question

On 19th January 2017, the next President of Gambia is to be sworn in. It is currently unclear who that will be. In the latest instalment of African electoral perplexity, ruling President Yahya Jammeh despite unexpectedly conceding defeat to challenger … Continue reading

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Starvation as a weapon of war: From Biafra to Borno

The militarisation of famine in Nigeria has a notorious history. The titular quote is a corruption of a statement by Gen Benjamin Adekunle, GOC 3 Marine Commando Division during the Nigerian Civil War, during which both sides cynically weaponised the … Continue reading

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#ChibokGirls-Freedom isn’t Free

On 13 October Nigeria and the world received news that 21 GSS Chibok abductees had been released. Whilst this news is welcome, it will be pertinent to consider how it affects the campaign in general, firstly by considering several factors. … Continue reading

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