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May 30, 2015

New Nigerian president seeks to crush ‘godless’ Boko Haram

ABUJA (Reuters) – New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised on Friday to eradicate the “mindless, godless” militants of Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town of Chibok a year ago.

In his inaugural address as elected leader of Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil producer, Buhari also painted a picture of an economy in crisis after a collapse in the price of crude, which accounts for the bulk of state revenue.

May 29, 2015

New Nigerian president vows to crush “godless” Boko Haram

ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) – New Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari vowed on Friday to eradicate the “mindless, godless”
militant group Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and
children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town
of Chibok a year ago.

In his inaugural address as elected leader of Africa’s most
populous nation and biggest oil producer, Buhari also painted a
picture of an economy in crisis after a collapse in the price of
crude, which accounts for the bulk of state revenue.

May 29, 2015

Nigeria starts new chapter as Buhari sworn in

ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) – Three decades after he first came
to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on
Friday as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an
African giant struggling with slowing economic growth and a
raging Islamist insurgency.

Dressed in traditional Muslim attire, the 72-year-old
general stood on the stage clutching a Koran in his right hand
as he pledged to “preserve, protect and defend” the constitution
of Africa’s most populous nation.

May 29, 2015

Buhari to be sworn in as Nigerian president

ABUJA (Reuters) – Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in on Friday as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an African giant struggling with slowing economic growth and a raging Islamist insurgency.

Despite the problems facing Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil producer, Buhari’s historic election victory – Nigeria’s first democratic transfer of power – has inspired hope for a new sense of direction and purpose after five years of scandal and drift under outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.

May 26, 2015

Exclusive: Captured video appears to show foreign fighters in Nigeria’s Boko Haram

ABUJA (Reuters) – Video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by Nigeria’s military and seen by Reuters seems to give some of the clearest indication that foreign fighters hold positions of power within the Nigerian Islamist militant group.

The military says it is analyzing the footage to identify fighters and study the group’s internal dynamics.

May 21, 2015

ICRC steps up aid in Lake Chad area as Boko Haram conflict goes on

ABUJA (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it was stepping up its work in the Lake Chad region, where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Red Cross programs in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, the countries adjoining Lake Chad, will be expanded, Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, told a news conference during his first official visit to Nigeria.

May 10, 2015

After surviving Boko Haram, returnees face hunger in Nigerian towns

MICHIKA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Since Nigeria’s army began clearing large areas of the country’s northeast from Boko Haram, some of the 1.5 million internally displaced people have started returning home. But thousands could now face severe food shortages as reconstruction lags behind.

Along the main roads heading north from Adamawa’s state capital Yola, some trade has resumed in the towns but ghostly pockets and haunting reminders of the insurgent takeover are evident. Some three months after the fighting ended, the smell of rotting corpses still clings to the air by the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren near Mararaba.

May 8, 2015

Nigeria subsidy fears threaten worse fuel shortage

LONDON/ABUJA, May 8 (Reuters) – Fuel shortages are set to
worsen in Nigeria as international traders and local marketers
back away from imports over fears that the cash-strapped new
government will halt costly subsidy payments.

Already, lines at petrol stations in the major cities are
blocking traffic as Africa’s largest crude oil exporter runs out
of domestic fuels. The shortage in some rural areas is even more
acute due to a payment battle between independent retailers and
the government.

May 4, 2015

Nigeria’s Boko Haram in disarray as government forces advance

MALKOHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters.

The group abducted an estimated 2,000 women and girls last year as it sought to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy. The army has freed nearly 700 in the past week as it advances on Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest.

May 2, 2015

Nigeria’s offensive against Boko Haram slowed by landmines

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military is confident it has Boko Haram cornered, but a final push to clear the Islamist militants from their forest hideouts is being hampered by landmines, it said on Saturday.

“Everywhere they have their havens, they have mined it all around,” Major General Chris Olukolade, spokesman for Nigeria’s defense headquarters, told Reuters in an interview.