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Protesters Interrupted President Buhari's State Visit with President Ramaphosa

The protesters claimed that the 'real' Buhari died in 2017 and insisted the imposter be sent back to Nigeria.

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari is currently on a three-day state visit in South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The visit comes in the wake of xenophobic violence against African foreign nationals which saw Nigeria voluntary evacuating 600 of its citizens and returning them back home. However, during a meeting between the two heads of state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday, a group of protesters who referred to themselves as Biafran nationals, called Buhari an imposter and claimed that the "real" Buhari had died back in 2017. The protesters also called for Biafra to be restored. The police were eventually called in to disperse the protesters and three people were reportedly injured after rubber bullets were fired.


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The Republic of Biafra was comprised of the southern states in Nigeria with a predominant population of the Igbo people back in 1967. Biafra sought to obtain independence from the rest of Nigeria which resulted in a civil war that has been documented in works of historical fiction such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. While Biafrans were ultimately defeated in the war, the Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Nnamdi Kanu, is a group that still exists today but has been labelled a terrorist organization by the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government has in the past accused Kanu of pushing propaganda that seeks to discredit Buhari. In 2018, The South African reports that the Nigerian President addressed the outlandish rumors that he was an imposter and that he had been replaced by a Sudanese man named Jubril, an alleged lookalike of the statesman.

President Buhari's talks with President Ramaphosa resulted in the two agreeing that "concrete measures" had to be taken to address the xenophobic violence in communities and prevent re-occurrences. Ramaphosa also committed to strengthening economic ties between the two countries by offering incentives to Nigerian companies wanting to do business in South Africa.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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