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In this file photo taken on June 12, 2019 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari raises his fist during an inspection of honour guards on parade to mark Democracy Day in Abuja.
 

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What you need to know:

  • Secession is in the air in Africa, although in recent years the big headlines has been mostly a few.
  • It turns out there are active separatist movements in 25 — nearly half — of the 55 African Union member states.

A group of northern Nigerian leaders calling themselves the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have just made one of the most surprising and novel arguments for secession.

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