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Mar 27, 2015

Power matters in Nigeria’s presidential race

ABUJA, March 26 (Reuters) – Nigerian president Goodluck
Jonathan’s election campaign has trumpeted his reform of the
power sector as a crowning achievement. But electricity
shortages persist and the underperformance is a major political
issue.

Jonathan took the bold step in 2013 of selling parts of the
moribund state electricity firm and says the privatisation has
bourne fruit. “Power supply in many parts of the country has
improved to a consistent level of 15 hours a day,” a
presidential website says.

Mar 26, 2015

Lack of electricity undermines Nigerian president’s relection bid

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s election campaign has trumpeted his reform of the power sector as a crowning achievement. But electricity shortages persist and the underperformance is a major political issue.

Jonathan took the bold step in 2013 of selling parts of the moribund state electricity firm and says the privatization has bourne fruit. “Power supply in many parts of the country has improved to a consistent level of 15 hours a day,” a presidential website says.

Mar 26, 2015

Nigeria’s presidential candidates sign new peace appeal

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s main presidential candidates have signed a “peace accord” ahead of hotly contested elections on Saturday in an effort to prevent religious or ethnic violence, the government said on Thursday.

President Goodluck Jonathan is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999.

Mar 26, 2015

Nigeria’s military detains two Al Jazeera reporters

ABUJA, March 26 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military has detained
two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri
since Tuesday, the television broadcaster said on Thursday, days
ahead of the country’s general elections.

Al Jazeera said the journalists, Ahmed Idris and Ali
Mustafa, were being kept in their hotel rooms until further
notice. Their camera equipment has been confiscated.

Mar 24, 2015

Nigeria court bars military from deploying around polling stations: lawyer

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – The Nigerian federal high court in Lagos has barred the military from deploying around polling stations during March 28 national elections, the lawyer for the parliamentarian who brought the case said on Tuesday.

Opposition leader Femi Gbajabiamila had argued that any such deployment would violate the constitution, lawyer Ijeoma Njemanze said, amid opposition fears that soldiers could be used to intimidate voters.

Mar 23, 2015

Election uncertainty, oil price kill construction in Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) – Political uncertainty over Nigeria’s election on Saturday and economic turmoil from low oil prices have delivered a double blow that has slashed revenues and triggered layoffs for businesses across Africa’s biggest economy.

But while some, such as consumer goods firms, are less exposed to Abuja’s troubles, others like construction firms heavily dependent on government cash are facing frozen projects, unpaid bills and mass redundancies, putting badly needed infrastructure development on ice, industry sources say.

Mar 16, 2015

Nigeria military says Bama city recaptured from Boko Haram

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian government forces recaptured the northeastern city of Bama from Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, the army said on Monday, a significant victory for the government just two weeks before a national election.

Boko Haram had held Bama, situated in Borno state where their six-year-old insurgency to establish a medieval-style Islamic caliphate has been centered, since September last year. Their campaign expanded over the past few months with cross-border incursions into Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Mar 13, 2015

Black market hawkers cash in on African oil producers’ currency woes

ABUJA, March 13 (Reuters) – Few Nigerians are applauding the
collapse of oil prices, which has hit the economy of Africa’s
top crude producer hard and hammered its currency, the naira.

But for the currency hawkers hanging around outside Abuja’s
Sheraton hotel, business has seldom been so good as wealthy
Nigerians turn to the black market – sometimes changing up to
$200,000 at a time – to dodge increasingly onerous FX
regulations.

Mar 3, 2015

Nigeria’s Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques similar to footage from Islamic State.

The film, released on Monday, shows militants standing behind the two men who are on their knees, hands tied behind their backs, with one man standing over them, holding a knife.

Mar 3, 2015

Fuel shortages hit Nigeria as currency woes hurt importers

ABUJA/LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Oil-rich Nigeria’s main
cities are facing acute gasoline shortages as importers feel the
pinch of a plummeting local currency, tighter credit lines and
unpaid government subsidies, oil traders and local industry
sources said.

As queues of double-parked cars stretch outside filling
stations in the capital Abuja, empty tanks elsewhere are forcing
consumers onto the black market just weeks before presidential
elections on March 28 in Africa’s biggest economy.