Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Burundi’s unexpected upheaval

International | The president’s death could disrupt a crucial political transition
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/12/20, 01:28 pm

Burundian flags flew at half-staff on Wednesday to mourn the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza just weeks before he would have overseen the country’s first democratic transfer of power. At the presidential palace, senior government officials and foreign ambassadors wearing face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic queued up to sign a condolence book.

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Brutal and brazen

Terrorism | A local terror group’s increasing attacks in Mozambique are raising concern of a new Islamist force in southern Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/20, 03:07 pm

Early in May, a senior pastor ended a harrowing seven-day journey with his wife and four children at the doors of Iris Global Ministries in Pemba, the capital of Mozambique’s northernmost Cabo Delgado province.

The pastor, whom WORLD is not identifying for security reasons, had served with an Iris church in the provincial district of Macomia, some 117 miles from Pemba, since 2009. As insurgent attacks worsened in the region, the pastor said he and his family could neither go to their farm nor sleep in their homes out of fear.

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Virginia protesters target Confederate statues

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/20, 04:04 am

Demonstrators in Richmond, Va., cheered late on Wednesday night as city workers hauled away a torn-down monument of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The protesters had toppled the statue from its pedestal on Monument Avenue just before 11 p.m. EDT. About 80 miles away in Portsmouth, protesters danced to a marching band while others beheaded and pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument there.

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