In Nigeria, the education follows a 6-3-3 system, where
the primary school lasts for 6 years, the secondary school
for 3 years and the secondary school for 3 years. According
to UNESCO, in 2008, 49% of the population over 15 years were
The official school age is 6 years. In principle, primary
and lower secondary school is both free and compulsory.
However, a family's socio-economic background is of great
importance to whether their children start school. In
primary school, it will be taught in local languages, then
in English from 4th grade. The number of private schools has
increased in recent years. These do not receive public
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There are 37 public universities and a large number of
higher education institutions, many of which are private.
The Boko Haram terror group (loosely translated as
"Western education is prohibited") has attacked a number of
educational institutions since the late 1990s.
In April 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko
Haram from a Chibok primary school in the state of Borno.
The president aired a few weeks later on the possibility of
the release of Boko Haram partisans against the release of
the girls, but discussions in Paris with foreign ministers
from France, Britain, the US and Israel in May prompted him
to abandon this plan, sparking anger in Boko Haram's
leadership and made negotiations difficult for their
release. The move then fired two bombs at Jos in Plateau
State, killing a total of 118 people in a tightly packed
market. The abduction of the schoolgirls was condemned
throughout most of the world. The girls were believed to
have been brought to Chad and Cameroon where they were sold
In a September 2014 report, Amnesty International
documented that around 5,000 people had been subjected to
torture in Nigeria over the previous 5 years. Children as
young as 12 were subjected to torture. One of the problems
was that although the country had signed the torture
convention and its additional protocols, the convention is
not implemented in the country's legislation. Therefore,
when the police do, they cannot even be punished for it in
A total of 3,428 people were killed by Boko Haram in
2014. An increase of over 200% over the previous year and an
indication that the government had no control over the
situation. 400,000 had fled the northern part of the
In January 2015, Boko Haram attacked the city of Baga and
several other surrounding cities, burning almost every house
down to the ground and killing them they could grab. The
number of suspected killings at the massacre ranged from a
few hundred to several thousands.
France's attack on AQIM in northern Mali in 2013 spread
the movement across most of the Sahel, creating a link
between Boko Haram and AQIM. Boko Haram has since been
trained by both AQIM and AQAP.
In January 2015, Forbes Magazine announced that
the world's richest woman was Nigerian Folorunsho Alakija,
which accounted for $ 7.3 billion. US $. It was well down to
2nd place, US Oprah Winfrey which was only good for 2.9
billion. US $. Alakija had made a lot of money on oil from
an oil field she had bought cheaply 20 earlier because of
her friendship with the then president's wife.
The execution of 2 Nigerians in Indonesia for drug
trafficking in January led to protests in Nigeria.
Shell agreed in January to pay DKK 55 million. £ in
compensation to the victims of the company's oil spill in
the Niger Delta 6 years earlier.
In January and February, Boko Haram conducted massacres
against the civilian population of northeastern Nigeria.
They invaded the cities of Baga and Munguno in the state of
Borno, killing hundreds of civilians - especially grown men.
Satellite images later revealed that 3700 houses in the area
had been burned down.
The March presidential election was won by Muhammadu
Buhari, who got 54% of the vote while Goodluck Jonathan got
45%. The remaining percentage was shared between the rest of
the candidates. It was the first time in the country's
history that a peaceful transfer of power from a sitting
president to his successor happened. However, Major Buhari
himself had a past military dictatorship in 1983-85 where he
took power in a coup. Buhari was deployed on the
presidential post in May 2015.
Buhari's party All Progressives Party (APC) also got an
absolute majority in the elections to Congress and the
Senate. Dert got 225 out of Congress's 360 seats and 60 out
of the Senate's 109.
Like Boko Haram, the military carried out extensive war
crimes in 2011-15. In July, Buhari therefore removed the
entire army leadership, including 2 senior ICC officers
charged with war crimes. Buhari promised to investigate the
charges, but the investigations did not lead to a charge or
extradition to the ICC.