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n. pl. Kanuri or Ka·nu·ris
1. A member of a predominantly Muslim people indigenous to the Lake Chad region of north-central Africa.
2. The Nilo-Saharan language of this people.


(kəˈnʊər i)

n., pl. -ris, (esp. collectively) -ri.
1. a member of an African people living to the W and S of Lake Chad in NE Nigeria and adjacent areas of Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.
2. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Kanuri.
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ONE of the most discussed topics during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is his special relationship with the Kanuris. And to fuel the speculations was his recent inauguration of the North-East Development Commission, the first regional commission inaugurated by the President.
Table 1: Previous studies Population Percentage References with hair Yoruba 0.2 Olabiyi et al (2008) Calabar (Nigeria) 21.0 Singh (1982) Kanuris and 25.2 Mbajiorgu et al (1996) Baburs(Nigeria) Ethiopia 25.6 Batmiriam (1962) Japan 36.8 Matsunaga (1956) Tibet 44.3 Tiwari &Bhasin (1969) Bengal (India) 49.0 Dutta (1963) Turkey 49.0 Hatiboglu Britain 70.2 Brothwell & Molleson(1965) America (white) 70.4 Danforth Table 2: Hair Distribution Pattern in relation to Job Type and Sex SI.
(35) However, Boko Haram has made inroads with new financiers, who are from Borno and bordering areas of Cameroon's Extreme North Region and are often ethnic Kanuris like Yusuf, Shekau and most Boko Haram members.
His followers in the Borno and Yobe States and his fellow ethnic Kanuris are particularly receptive to his grievances against the West's legacy in Nigeria.
Isa Bulama, a PDP grassroots mobiliser, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune said that with the northern and central zones controlled by the Kanuris, it is difficult for anyone to forecast a PDP win.
Third, Boko Haram's ideology will become less Nigeria-centric and more trans-regional to attract a new Sahelo-Saharan recruiting pool, but its ideology may still resonate most deeply with Kanuris of the Nigeria-Cameroon-Chad-Niger border region.
Monday morning at the Adamawa State Government conference Hall, Alhaji Usman Modu led a delegation representing thousands of Kanuris who have their voting right in the villages and towns of the state.
(28) Shekau's reported favoritism of ethnic Kanuris of Borno also may have driven Hausas, non-Nigerians and other non-Kanuris to ally with Nur, who was also non-Nigerian.
His kinsmen in Daura, Katsina State and his mother's tribe, the Kanuris of Borno, were the only ones fit enough to benefit from the dividends of our collective danran.
(32) It seems likely that Abu Muhammed's and Khalid al-Barnawi's splinter groups disagreed with Boko Haram about how to share funds from the Algerians, as well as Shekau's acceptance of civilian deaths, preference for attacking Nigerian targets (rather than international ones), and possibly his favoritism of Kanuris (Borno's main ethnic group).
'Although he was Yoruba, he loved Hausas, Kanuris, Efiks, Igbos and all, you just needed to be a Nigerian,'' Hafsat said.
According to captured Boko Haram members, Abubakar Shekau, who is ethnically Kanuri, favored Kanuris of Borno State, while Nigeriens, Chadians, Cameroonians and Nigerian non-Kanuris were always chosen to carry out suicide bombings with the punishment of death for those who refused.