from Africa News blog:

Ill health hung over Yar’Adua presidency from start

By Reuters Staff
May 7, 2010

By Estelle Shirbon

NIGERIA-PRESIDENT/ARRIVALNo sooner was Umaru Yar'Adua named in late 2006 as the Nigerian ruling party's presidential candidate than people started asking whether he would survive four years at the helm of Africa's most populous nation.

from Africa News blog:

Yar’Adua death leaves succession wide open

May 6, 2010

NIGERIA-PRESIDENT/The death of Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua is unlikely to plunge Africa's most populous state into crisis, but it intensifies what was already shaping up to be the fiercest succession race since the end of military rule.

from Africa News blog:

Nigeria’s political merry go round

March 6, 2010

NIGERIA-ELECTIONS/Nigeria’s ruling party made clear this week it wanted to see another northerner as the candidate for the 2011 presidential election, according to its principle of rotating power. That makes it harder (if not impossible) to see how Acting President Goodluck Jonathan might ever contest the ballot since he is from the Niger Delta in the south.

from Africa News blog:

What can Nigeria expect now?

February 24, 2010

Ambulance.jpgThe return of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua three months after he left for a Saudi hospital might normally have beeen seen as a sign that a long spell of debilitating uncertainty was over.

from Africa News blog:

Nigerian president on the way back?

January 12, 2010

Yar'AduaSo Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has ended weeks of silence with comments on the BBC that he is getting better and hopes to be back home soon.

from Africa News blog:

Should Nigerian leader transfer powers?

December 30, 2009

RTX6GT4_CompThe foiled Christmas Day bomb attack on a U.S. airliner has put further pressure on ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua to either confirm he is fit to govern or hand over to his deputy.

from Africa News blog:

Will Niger Delta amnesty work?

June 26, 2009

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has laid out the details of a 60-day amnesty programme for militants and criminals in the Niger Delta. Under the deal, all gunmen who lay down their weapons during a 60-day period ending in October will be immune from prosecution. The offer extends to those currently being prosecuted for militant-related activities, meaning Henry Okah – the suspected leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) – could also walk free if he agrees to renounce the notion of armed struggle.

from Africa News blog:

What chance for democracy in Nigeria?

May 6, 2009

Can Nigeria, the so-called “giant of Africa”, live up to its claim of being the biggest democracy in the black world? Not if its latest state governorship election is anything to go by, argue some in Africa’s most populous nation.

from Global News Journal:

Fighting graft in Africa. Or not.

November 26, 2008

 A little while back, we asked who is and isn’t fighting corruption effectively in Africa. This week, a number of examples bring us back to the subject.

from Global News Journal:

Nigeria: Will someone turn on the lights?

November 12, 2008

Returning to Nigeria for the first time in five years, nothing is more striking than the mobile phones ringing wherever you go.