Nigeria in Focus: Rethinking relations with the West – Eye on Africa

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    In tonight’s edition: There is international concern about deepening turmoil in Chad following the death of President Idriss  Deby. His absence throws the battle against jihadist groups in the Sahel into doubt. We hear from former US Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell about his hopes for Western nations to rethink their diplomatic dealings with Africa’s most populous country. And in South Africa, sections of a near 100 year-old library containing rare manuscripts on African studies has been lost in the blaze that engulfed parts of the University of Cape Town this week.

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