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Vol 54 No 9

Published 26th April 2013


Nigeria

Opposition on all fronts

A new political alliance to confront President Jonathan is gathering pace as security conditions – north and south – deteriorate

The newly united opposition parties – the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) – have joined forces to condemn soldiers for what human rights groups are calling a massacre of 180 civilians at Baga, Borno State, this week. Several days of fierce fighting between troops and Boko Haram militants followed efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to negotiate an amnesty deal with the Islamist militia. Although Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye reported six civilians and 30 Boko Haram fighters killed in a firefight at Baga, in the north-east, Senator Maina Ma’aji Lawan of Borno North said 180-200 civilians had been killed. Opposition politicians blame government and army commanders for the death and destruction.

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