Nigeria's Buhari vows to end graft

2015-01-30 22:14

Nigeria's presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to tackle the country's three greatest ills - insecurity, inequality and corruption.

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

2015-01-30 15:30

A Chadian warplane and ground troops have driven Boko Haram fighter from a Nigerian border town, leaving its strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses say.

Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy

2015-01-30 08:37

Youths angry at the Nigerian government’s failure to fight Islamic extremists have thrown stones at President Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo.

Boko Haram attacks send 14 000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad

2015-01-29 07:57

More than 14 000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to the UN.

Nigeria military 'warned before major Boko Haram attacks'

2015-01-28 15:51

Amnesty International has claimed that Nigeria's military top bras were warned of brutal Boko Haram attacks on the northeast towns of Baga and Monguno but failed to take action.

Nigeria's Maiduguri curfew lifted

2015-01-26 19:26

A city-wide curfew has been lifted in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, following a weekend Boko Haram attack that prompted the state governor to urge residents to stay and fight any future assaults.

Nigerian security chief urges vote delay

2015-01-23 06:30

Nigeria should delay next month's elections to give organisers more time to distribute millions of biometric ID cards to voters, the country's top security official says.

Nigerian army kills 42 Boko Haram fighters

2015-01-16 07:41

The Nigerian army has killed 42 fighters from the radical Islamist group Boko Haram after repelling its attempt to take over the north-eastern town of Biu, a report says.

Ex-UN chief Annan warns Nigeria about poll violence

2015-01-14 16:17

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Nigeria to hold peaceful elections next month, warning that violence could be a set-back to progress across Africa.

Nigeria's two leading presidential candidates

2015-01-14 13:13

Nigeria's presidential election on February 14 is set to be a head-to-head contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

UN to Nigeria: Restore law and order, probe mass killings

2015-01-13 17:24

The UN has called on Nigeria to restore law and order in the northeast and investigate "mass killings" of civilians blamed on Boko Haram insurgents.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria 'needs same support as France'

2015-01-12 13:02

A Nigeria archbishop has called for the same international support to tackle Boko Haram as France has received since it was hit by Islamist attacks last week.

Boko Haram destroys 16 towns, villages in Nigeria

2015-01-08 22:26

Boko Haram has razed at least 16 towns and villages in a renewed assault after capturing a key military base in restive northeast Nigeria.

Nigerian defence chief: Military base in hands of extremists

2015-01-07 08:48

Nigeria’s chief of defence staff has acknowledged that the headquarters of a multinational military force on Nigeria’s border with Chad has been seized by Islamic extremists.

Nigeria's economic pain may not decide election

2014-12-15 10:57

Nigeria is suffering from a plummeting currency, steep budget cuts, corruption scandals and diving oil prices; yet all this is unlikely to decide a tight race for the presidency.

All-night vote in Nigeria opposition presidential primary

2014-12-11 12:04

Members of Nigeria’s main opposition party have voted throughout the night to choose a candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan at next year’s elections.

Jonathan 'misread' Boko Haram threat

2014-11-27 20:34

Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the current leader Goodluck Jonathan of misreading the Boko Haram crisis and allowing the threat to escalate to "gargantuan" heights.

US denies failing to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

2014-11-13 13:09

The US has hit back at allegations by the Nigerian ambassador of failing to help fight Boko Haram, saying there has been “a great deal” of US aid to his country.

US support lacking in Boko Haram battle – Nigeria

2014-11-12 08:03

Nigeria’s envoy to Washington has criticised US support in the battle against Boko Haram militants as insufficient, including failure to share enough intelligence and sell needed weaponry to fight the Islamist group.

Goodluck Jonathan a fortunate leader

2014-11-11 21:13

An incumbent president running for re-election who has lost parts of his country to Islamist rebels and whose administration has been hit by waves of massive corruption scandals arguably has reason to worry.

Running for Nigeria president? That'll be $132K

2014-11-09 09:53

Nigeria's main political parties are charging eye-watering fees from election hopefuls, in a move condemned as undemocratic and a breeding ground for high-level cronyism and corruption.

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

2014-11-05 14:43

Three west African leaders have arrived in Burkina Faso to pressure the country’s army into keeping its promise of a speedy handover of power to civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore.

Boko Haram kills 17, abducts 30 youths – report

2014-10-27 10:43

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has killed 17 people and abducted 30 young men and women in north-eastern Nigeria despite a ceasefire agreement with the government, a report says.

Doubt over release of Nigerian schoolgirls

2014-10-19 19:19

Nigeria's announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram and the expected release of over 200 pupils kidnapped six month ago, has been greeted by scepticism.

Boko Haram 'won't threaten Nigeria vote'

2014-10-16 21:44

Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the northeast, the country’s elections chief says.


Nigeria oil rebels warn of unrest

2015-01-30 17:35

Nigerian militants are unhappy at the way Nigeria's main opposition party has been criticising President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan: Troops liberate town from Boko Haram

2015-01-30 15:02

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan says troops have taken a northeast town and several villages from Boko Haram.

Jonathan misses out on AU's Boko Haram talks

2015-01-29 17:16

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan will not attend the AU summit, even though discussions on Boko Haram feature high on the agenda.

Jonathan takes election campaign to Niger Delta

2015-01-28 19:08

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has taken his re-election campaign to the Niger Delta, knowing that victory in the key region will help to determine overall victory in the vote.

Maiduguri residents told to stay

2015-01-26 21:11

Residents of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri have been told to stay and fight, as calm returned after a weekend Boko Haram attack.

Scores killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city

2015-01-26 07:23

Nigerian troops have clashed with Boko Haram extremists in fierce fighting that killed more than 200 combatants, while insurgents have looted villages, slit residents' throats and abducted dozens of people.

Nigeria lowers petrol price as elections near

2015-01-19 11:03

Africa's largest oil producer Nigeria has announced a cut in petrol prices, a month before the country votes in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Boko Haram attacks: Malema slams 'irresponsible' Jonathan

2015-01-15 10:15

EFF leader Julius Malema has launched a scathing attack on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan over his silence on recent Boko Haram attacks in the west African country’s northeast town of Baga.

Crunch presidential vote looms for Nigeria

2015-01-14 14:34

Nigerians are set to go to the polls in a month’s time to elect a new president against a backdrop of a raging Boko Haram insurgency, economic troubles and persistent concerns over rampant corruption.

Cameroon army kills 143 Boko Haram militants

2015-01-13 07:51

The Cameroon army has killed 143 Boko Haram fighters who attacked a military base in the northern town of Kolofata, in what the government says is the militant’s heaviest loss yet in its territory.

Boko Haram attacks: Hundreds killed in Nigeria

2015-01-09 10:15

A widespread attack in northern Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram may have killed hundreds in at least 11 locations, officials have indicated.

Nigeria's Jonathan kicks-off re-election bid

2015-01-08 14:01

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has formally begun his campaign for re-election, taking the fight to a key opposition stronghold with a mass rally.

Million displaced Nigerians unable to vote unless law changed

2014-12-16 05:15

More than a million Nigerians displaced by an Islamist insurgency in the northeast may not be able to vote in the 14 February presidential election unless the law is changed.

Goodluck Jonathan to contest Nigeria election

2014-12-11 14:42

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won party primaries while the opposition coalition continued voting to choose a challenger for February presidential elections.

Polls: Nigeria opposition meets to pick candidate

2014-12-10 18:24

Nigeria’s main opposition coalition has begun a convention to select a candidate to take on President Goodluck Jonathan, in what will be the most closely fought vote since the end of military rule in 1999.

Nigeria Central Bank devalues currency

2014-11-25 20:36

Nigeria has devalued its currency, seeking to stabilise the naira after it hit historic lows against the US dollar.

Repatriation of bodies from Nigeria 'will bring closure'

2014-11-12 08:03

The government says it hopes the repatriation of the remains of 85 South Africans who died in a church building collapse in Nigeria will bring closure to "this very traumatic experience".

Remains of nationals killed in Lagos home soon

2014-11-12 05:15

The government is ready to repatriate the bodies of 81 South Africans killed in a September church building collapse in Lagos at the weekend.

Nigerian leader expected to announce 2nd-term bid

2014-11-11 11:04

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is expected to formally declare his bid for re-election, in a widely anticipated announcement that has been trailed by his office for weeks.

Nigeria faces twin currency, budget woes

2014-11-06 10:29

A sharp drop in global oil prices has raised the twin spectres of a potential currency devaluation and budget shortfalls in Nigeria.

Nigeria's Jonathan brushes off scandals

2014-10-27 20:45

Not many presidents could survive three multi-billion dollar government oil corruption scandals and a wave of cold-blooded killings and kidnappings.

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls

2014-10-23 09:16

A week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it says would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.

Anxious wait for news on kidnapped girls

2014-10-18 07:42

Officials and campaigners are anxiously awaiting further news about the fate of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants to secure their release.

Nigeria president rejects claim of $100m net worth

2014-10-09 18:01

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has threatened legal action against a website that listed him as Africa’s sixth richest head of state with a net of about $100m.

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