Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who is struggling to boost the country’s economy and combat the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, is now facing a new challenge: a protest movement in southeastern Nigeria calling for an independent state of Biafra.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, such calls have become common since the leader of the group, 27-year-old Okoli Ikedi, who represents in Enugu, the region's main city, was arrested in October. His arrest prompted thousands in the ...

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