YOLA, Nigeria, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Boko Haram says it is
building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of
northern Nigeria’s medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its
territory life is a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and
The Islamist group’s five-year-old campaign has become one
of the deadliest in the world, with around 10,000 people killed
last year, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Hundreds, mostly women and children, have been kidnapped.
MALKOHI, Nigeria, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Nigerians fleeing a
wave of killings by the Islamist group Boko Haram have already
lost loved ones, livelihoods and most of their possessions. Now
they seem likely to lose their vote.
A closely fought presidential election is to be held in a
month’s time and the law states people must go home if they want
to participate, posing a risk to the credibility of the poll in
Africa’s biggest economy.
ABUJA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Five weeks before a presidential
election, Nigeria’s electoral commission said on Friday it has
not yet finished printing the cards that voters will need to
present at polling stations.
Of the cards that are ready, about 15 million have not yet
been collected by voters, sometimes because of apathy or
geographical remoteness, said electoral commission spokesman
Kayode Idowu, while insisting everything would be ready on time.
ABUJA/LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell
will pay out 55 million pounds ($83.4 million) in compensation
for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008 after agreeing a
settlement with the affected community.
The largest ever out-of-court settlement relating to oil
spills in Nigeria is a step forward for the oil-rich Niger Delta
region that has been hit by regular environmental damage, but it
is tiny compared with the billions in compensation and fines BP
had to pay after the Macondo rig disaster in the Gulf of
Mexico in 2010.
ABUJA, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Parents of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls
kidnapped by Islamist rebels in April said they were appealing
directly to the United Nations for help after losing hope that
the Nigerian government would rescue them.
A group lobbying for government action on behalf of the
parents met with U.N. Women, the head of the U.N. representation
in Nigeria, and with officials of the U.N. Office for West
Africa last month. The group has also appealed to UNICEF,
campaign spokeswoman Bukola Shonibare said.
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria has made an effort to clean up voter registration for elections next February, but holding a credible poll is a daunting prospect amid chaotic distribution of ballot cards and an Islamist insurgency that could disenfranchise millions.
Nigeria’s last presidential poll in 2011 was deemed the cleanest to date in Africa’s most populous nation, but since previous elections had been characterized by ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters by armed thugs and completely made up results, this was a modest achievement.
ABUJA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Nigeria has slashed its forecast
for economic growth in 2015 due to the plunge in global oil
prices, the finance minister’s budget presented to parliament on
The ministry now sees Africa’s biggest economy growing 5.5
percent in 2015, down from an earlier projection of 6.4 percent.
Oil accounts for the bulk of government revenue in Nigeria, but
global crude prices have almost halved over the last six months.
ABUJA (Reuters) – More than a million Nigerians displaced by an Islamist insurgency in the northeast may not be able to vote in the Feb. 14 presidential election unless the law is changed, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Monday.
Africa’s most populous nation faces what is likely to be its most closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999, but the Electoral Act states that voters have to cast ballots in their home constituencies, an obstacle for refugees who have fled attacks by Boko Haram militants.
LAGOS/ABUJA, Dec 14 (Reuters) – 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.
In many other democracies, such turmoil would probably
propel the incumbent from office. A likely rise in inflation in
Africa’s biggest economy is unwelcome for President Goodluck
Jonathan, who is seeking re-election on Feb. 14 next year.
LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – In a no-contest vote, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan was nominated as the ruling party’s leader for the February 2015 elections early on Thursday, while the opposition coalition was still voting for a candidate to take him on.
The upcoming presidential race is expected to be the closest fought since the end of military rule in 1999.