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UN fears stigmatization of rescued Boko Haram abductees

May 28, 2015 - 10:57 PM

UN deputy humanitarian coordinator Munir Safieldin hopes Nigeria s new government will step up its fight against Boko Haram

Nigeria expresses 'deep disappointment' at Indonesia executions

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Abuja said President Goodluck Jonathan and Foreign Minister Aminu Wali had made spirited appeals for clemency

An ambulance carries the body of one of the eight death-row prisoners as it drive out from Nusakambangan Island prison in Cilacap, Indonesia, April 29, 2015, after Indonesian authorities executed eight out of nine drug convicts by firing squad. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Nigeria president-elect told to 'win peace' vs Boko Haram

Apr 03, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The real battle should take place on the social and economic front say analysts on Nigeria s president elect and his vow to fight terror group Boko Haram

NEW LEADER. Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari wins the polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation. AFP photo

Nigeria's Buhari vows action on Boko Haram, graft after election win

Apr 02, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Buhari s victory over Goodluck Jonathan writes a new chapter in Nigeria s often turbulent political history The unprecedented democratic transfer of power also wins praises internationally

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Buhari in historic Nigeria election win

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:11 AM

Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria s president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa s most populous nation

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Close race between Jonathan, Buhari in tense Nigerian elections

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The tense presidential vote pitting Jonathan against the former military ruler Buhari is the closest in Nigeria s history and the first with a credible opposition challenge

NIGERIANS DECIDE. Nigerian electoral officials work on the collation of Presidential and National Assembly election results at the Lagos local government collation centre in Yaba, Lagos Nigeria 29 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Despite violence linked to Boko Haram militants and sporadic unrest elsewhere UN chief Ban Ki moon and others praise the conduct of the vote

NIGERIA DECIDES. Nigerian electoral officials work on the collation of Presidential and National Assembly election results at the Lagos local government collation centre in Yaba, Lagos Nigeria 29 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Results from both the presidential and parliamentary vote being held at the same time are expected within 48 hours of polls closing

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Nigerian officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sort out election materials before distribution to local government areas in Dutse, Jigawa state, North West Nigeria March 26, 2015. File photo by STR/EPA

Nigerian president calls for US help as Boko Haram invade city

Feb 15, 2015 - 7:41 AM

I can tell you that there are no plans as I speak here to send US troops into Nigeria There are no US troops operating in Nigeria Pentagon spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby tells reporters

LEADER: File photo of Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram/AFP

Nigerian president seeks more US help to fight Boko Haram

Feb 14, 2015 - 11:19 PM

US involvement in Nigeria has been fraught with Washington accusing Nigeria s military of being in denial about the threat posed by Boko Haram which has captured dozens of towns in the last 6 months

BOKO HARAM. President Goodluck Jonathan (R) discusses with National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki (C) sitting beside Chief of Defence Staff Air Mashall Alex Badeh (L) during a surprise visit to Maiduguri, on January 15, 2015. Jonathan met in a Maiduguri camp survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. Photo by Olatunji Omirin/AFP

UN expects Nigeria's military to step up fight against Boko Haram

Feb 14, 2015 - 8:35 AM

UN envoy for West Africa says as neigboring countries put together a strong force to battle the extremists Nigeria must also step up and show robustness in the campaign

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Updated President Goodluck Jonathan is locked in a tight race with the main opposition candidate former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari With the elections now postponed to March 28 an analyst says the advantage could swing in favor of Jonathan

DELAYED ELECTIONS: File photo of a campaign rally of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Taslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on January 30, 2015. AFP photo

Chad forces retake border town from Boko Haram

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:31 AM

The ground intervention by Chad comes after the African Union last week backed a regional 5 nation 7 500 strong force to take on the extremists amid growing fears about their threat to regional security

Chadian newspapers with headlines pertaining to Chad's military intervention against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram reading 'Look out Deby is coming!' (L), 'Chadian army combs through Gambaru' (R) are displayed on February 2, 2015 in N'Djamena. Sia Kambou/AFP

Nigerian president visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

Jan 16, 2015 - 7:25 AM

The attack on Baga part of an upsurge in violence ahead of February s presidential and parliamentary polls is feared to have killed hundreds if not more

ASSURANCE. President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to displaced people from Baga in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Olatunji Omirin/AFP

Lawmakers claim state of emergency in NE Nigeria is over

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:54 PM

The state of emergency imposed in northeastern Nigeria to crush Boko Haram Islamists has ended

Burkina Faso transition talks off to rocky start

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Meanwhile ousted leader Blaise Compaore accuses his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina talks agree one-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:02 AM

There is mounting international pressure on the military to return the country to civilian rule

President of Ghana John Mahama Dramani (C) President of Senegal Macky Sall (R) and President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (L) attend a meeting of ECOWAS leaders and the transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (not pictured) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped girls

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:51 PM

UPDATED But the United States said it could not confirm whether a deal had taken place

BOKO HARAM. A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C). File photo by AFP/BOKO HARAM

Boko Haram will not threaten Nigeria vote: election chief

Oct 16, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the northeast

A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows alleged members of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram during fighting at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/BOKO HARAM

Doubts linger over claims of Boko Haram leader's death

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:57 PM

A Nigerian military claim that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead is dismissed as propaganda by analysts

Military wives block husbands' deployment against Boko Haram

Aug 12, 2014 - 9:01 PM

One soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the troops in the barracks in Maiduguri relied on run down equipment

Nigeria confirms new Ebola case in Lagos

Aug 11, 2014 - 7:08 PM

The 10th case of Ebola happens to be one of the nurses who had primary contact with a man who died of the illness in a Lagos hospital on July 25

PRAYER. Liberian women pray for God's intervention to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, on a street corner in Monrovia, Liberia, 07 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Intensified search for kidnapped Nigerian girls – AU

Jun 07, 2014 - 10:31 AM

According to the African Union some of the intensified efforts cannot come into the public but these efforts are there and we are hoping that these girls can be recovered very soon

PROTEST. Nigerian staff of Kaduna Polytechnic protest over the abducted Chibok school girls in Kaduna, Nigeria, 02 June 2014. Photo by EPA

'We know where missing girls are:' Nigeria's top brass

May 27, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Nigeria s government and military is criticized for its slow response to the mass abduction

Twin Nigeria car bombs kill at least 118

May 21, 2014 - 6:17 AM

Improvised explosive devices hidden in a truck and minibus are coordinated to explode one after the other for more damage when emergency workers tend to the wounded

EXPLOSION. Crowds gather at the scene of an explosion at Terminus Market in Jos, Nigeria, 20 May 2014. EPA

'Declaration of war' on Boko Haram a game changer: analysts

May 19, 2014 - 11:34 AM

While some call it a game changer other analysts say they were many missed opportunities to resolve the issue diplomatically previously

WAGING WAR. President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan attends a press conference at the end of the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, May 17, 2014. Christophe Karaba/EPA

Nigeria and neighbors 'declare war' on Boko Haram over abducted girls

May 18, 2014 - 12:31 AM

When more than 200 young girls are being held in barbaric conditions with the prospect of being sold into slavery there are no questions to be asked only actions to be taken

BRING BACK OUR GIRLS. Former French first lady Valerie Trierweiler (C) demonstrates on the Human Rights Square of the Trocadero with several people asking for the release of the Nigerian kidnapped girls by Boko Haram, in Paris, France, 17 May 2014. The demonstration takes place to coincide with the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Nigeria and neighbors to join forces over abducted girls

May 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM

The international community has been mobilized over the plight of the girls Among the resources already put at Nigeria s disposal have been US drones and surveillance aircraft

Lack of compassion: Nigeria's leader criticized over missing girls response

May 17, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Lack of compassion and an absence of leadership: perceptions of Goodluck Jonathan s handling of the Boko Haram hostage crisis go from bad to worse – and could blight his political future


Nigeria's president rules out prisoner swap for schoolgirls

May 15, 2014 - 10:39 AM

The rejection of a prisoner swap comes as international powers further search efforts including using US military surveillance drones and manned aircraft

PROTEST. Nigerian members of the women's wing of All Progessive Party (APC) protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos, Nigeria, May 13, 2014. Photo by EPA

Nigeria president requests extension to state of emergency

May 13, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Nigeria s president asks the country s parliament for a 6 month extension to the state of emergency in 3 states riven by violence

World powers join search for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

May 08, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The United States United Kingdom China and France are pitching in to help rescue the Nigerian schoolgirls

US sends experts to Nigeria as number of kidnap victims rises

May 07, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The team sent to Nigeria consists of military law enforcement and other agencies

File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Obama calls for united action against Boko Haram

May 07, 2014 - 7:51 AM

US President Barack Obama sends in help to track down 200 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria

PROTEST. Protesters march in the Nigerian capital Abuja over the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists, May 6, 2014. Ruth Mcdowall/EPA

Nigeria's Boko Haram kidnaps more girls as outrage grows

May 07, 2014 - 1:10 AM

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped 8 more girls from Nigeria s embattled northeast

US urged to act after threat to sell Nigerian schoolgirls

May 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Six US senators have introduced a resolution calling for US action on the abducted schoolgirls

Nigeria president vows to free abducted girls

May 05, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan faces mounting pressure in the weeks since the abduction of the 223 schoolgirls

RESCUE WANTED. Protesters march over the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists, in Abuja, Nigeria, April 30, 2014. Deji Yake/EPA

Bomb kills at least 16 near site of Abuja's deadliest attack

May 02, 2014 - 7:43 AM

At least 16 people are dead following a car bombing at the Nyanya bus terminal near Abuja

Nigeria parents demand answers after military says hostages freed

Apr 17, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The defense spokesman s claim has been widely disputed including by parents who voiced anger at the allegedly false information

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:40 PM

President Goodluck Jonathan blamed the attack on Boko Haram Islamists

DOZENS DEAD. The explosions rocked the Nyanya station on the outskirts of the capital Abuja, and destroyed some 30 vehicles, mostly large passenger buses. Photo by STR/AFP

Nigeria gets first visit from UN rights chief

Mar 13, 2014 - 6:54 AM

UN human rights commissioner Navi Pilay went to Nigeria for a 3 day visit trying to encourage the government to protect and promote basic freedoms

Nigeria 'at war' with Boko Haram, presidency says

Feb 28, 2014 - 9:13 PM

President Goodluck Jonathan s administration has been fiercely criticised over its handling of the conflict

Nigeria President surrounded by 'incompetent' frauds, says Ex-Central Bank Chief

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Nigeria s ousted central bank chief described the President who ousted him as a simple man trying to do well who has been undermined by incompetent and fraudulent aides

Nigeria president suspends central bank boss

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Lamido Sanusi became embroiled in controversy after he accused the state NNPC of misappropriating 20 billion of public funds

Same-sex ban 'legalizes' homophobic violence – gay Nigerians

Jan 15, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Nigeria s LGBT community: They the government have just legalized violence stigma and discrimination Our situation has gone from bad to worse

MARKET BLAST. Early reports suggested a car bomb or suicide bomber, though there was no immediate confirmation from authorities

Nigeria state of emergency extension gets final nod

Nov 21, 2013 - 9:42 AM

Lawmakers in Nigeria s lower house unanimously backs extending the state of emergency in the country s northeast

187 dead, 77 injured after fierce Nigeria clashes

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:53 AM

Heavy fighting between Nigerian troops and suspected Islamist insurgents has killed 187 people including scores of civilians