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Vol 62 No 10

Published 13th May 2021


A country at war with itself

Political disputes between the federal and state governments are making the security crisis more intractable

Another day, another round of crisis meetings to tackle insurgents, armed criminal gangs and communal clashes. As the National Security Council of service and intelligence chiefs met in Abuja on 11 May under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari, governors of the southern states met in Asaba, Delta State, demanding a national dialogue on the security emergency and constitutional restructuring to devolve revenue-raising and security powers from the centre. For good measure, they announced a ban on open grazing by herders in the region, a source of tensions with local farmers.

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