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Oct 19, 2014

Nigerians doubtful of girls’ release after Boko Haram ‘truce’ breached

LAGOS (Reuters) – - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.

Nigeria’s armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chiboke in April.

Oct 15, 2014

Nigeria’s ex-military ruler Buhari declares presidential bid

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari declared he would run for president on Wednesday, criticising President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for corruption and failing to tackle the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

His bid for the opposition ticket, if accepted, would pit him against Jonathan for a second time.

Oct 15, 2014
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Nigeria’s megachurches: a hidden pillar of Africa’s top economy

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(Bishop David Oyedepo (C), founder of the Living Faith Church, also known as the Winners’ Chapel, conducts a service for worshippers in Ota district, Ogun state, some 60 km (37 miles) outside Lagos September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye )

When a guesthouse belonging to one of Nigeria’s leading Christian pastors collapsed last month, killing 115 mostly South African pilgrims, attention focused on the multimillion-dollar “megachurches” that form a huge, untaxed sector of Africa’s top economy.

Oct 14, 2014

Six months after girls abducted, Nigerians protest near president’s house

ABUJA (Reuters) – Protesters demanding the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped six months ago by Islamist militants, demonstrated infront of the president’s home on Tuesday, urging the government to do more to free them.

Around 60 people in red T-shirts that read “Bring Back Our Girls” marched to the residence of President Goodluck Jonathan in a leafy part of the Nigerian capital, which was guarded by more than 150 armed police.

Oct 12, 2014

Insight – Nigeria’s ‘megachurches’: a hidden pillar of Africa’s top economy

OTA Nigeria (Reuters) – When a guesthouse belonging to one of Nigeria’s leading Christian pastors collapsed last month, killing 115 mostly South African pilgrims, attention focussed on the multimillion-dollar “megachurches” that form a huge, untaxed sector of Africa’s top economy.

Hundreds of millions of dollars change hands each year in these popular Pentecostal houses of worship, which are modelled on their counterparts in the United States.

Sep 26, 2014

Boko Haram ‘leader’, killed repeatedly, continues to threaten Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, has been killed at least three times so far, according to the military, yet each time he apparently returns in the group’s numerous jihadist videos.

Dead or alive, he appears to be fuelling violence which rights groups say is killing more people than at any time during Boko Haram’s five-year-old reign of terror in the north of the 175 million-strong state.

Sep 25, 2014

One of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Chibok freed -police

ABUJA (Reuters) – One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said on Thursday.

Boko Haram militants took the girls from a secondary school in the village near the Cameroon border in April, sparking a worldwide outcry, and have remained in captivity ever since.

Sep 24, 2014

Nigeria ex-VP declares opposition presidential bid as contest heats up

ABUJA (Reuters) – Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar declared a bid to run for president as the main opposition coalition’s candidate on Wednesday, ramping up a contest for the only ticket that stands a chance of unseating President Goodluck Jonathan.

Addressing supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the capital Abuja, Abubakar said Nigeria was more divided than at any time since the 1960s civil war, and pledged to end the insecurity and graft plaguing Africa’s top oil producer for decades. The APC holds a primary in December.

Sep 19, 2014

For followers of Nigeria’s ‘Prophet’, building collapse was ‘Satan’s work’

LAGOS (Reuters) – For supporters of “Prophet” TB Joshua, one of Africa’s best-known Christian preachers, the death of at least 80 of his congregation under the rubble of a Lagos guesthouse that collapsed a week ago was no construction accident.

“The church views this tragedy as part of an attack on The Synagogue Church Of All Nations,” said a statement on his official Facebook page on Thursday.

Sep 17, 2014

Nigeria says 70 dead in building collapse, queries South Africa Zuma’s comments

LAGOS (Reuters) – Seventy bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed church building in Lagos but remain unidentified, a Nigerian official said on Wednesday, questioning South Africa’s assertion that 67 of the victims had come from there.

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday night that at least 67 of his compatriots had died in Friday’s accident at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, describing it as one of the worst tragedies in his country’s recent history.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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