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Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria opposition rejects presidential vote in oil state

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Confusion and violence blighted
Nigeria’s tensest presidential election since the end of army
rule, with the opposition rejecting results from a turbulent
southern state even before they have been announced.

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers
state accused supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan of being
behind killings of its campaigners, and denounced the vote there
as “a sham and a charade”.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Voting in Nigeria’s tensest
election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a
second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID
machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a
dozen people in drive-by shootings.

The race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former
military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate
divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some
cases religious lines.

Mar 29, 2015

Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

The tense race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines.

Mar 28, 2015

Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan, seeking a second elected term, faces former military ruler and main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in a tense race with an electorate divided along ethnic, regional and in some cases sectarian lines.

Mar 27, 2015

Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people began stockpiling food, cash and fuel for fear of clashes.

Jonathan will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999.

Mar 2, 2015

Insight: Why Nigeria’s restive oil region will only accept Jonathan

OTUOKE, Nigeria (Reuters) – The most impressive building in Otuoke, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s home town in the oil producing Niger Delta, is the multi-storey mansion complex he has built for himself and close family while in office.

A few hundred meters away, the street where he grew up is a jumble of rusting iron-roofed shacks. Down a dirt side alley, Happiness Ebi smokes fish on a charcoal barbecue, a staple in this swampy southern region.

Mar 2, 2015

Why Nigeria’s restive oil region will only accept Jonathan

OTUOKE, Nigeria, March 2 (Reuters) – The most impressive
building in Otuoke, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s home
town in the oil producing Niger Delta, is the multistory mansion
complex he has built for himself and close family while in
office.

A few hundred metres away, the street where he grew up is a
jumble of rusting iron-roofed shacks. Down a dirt side alley,
Happiness Ebi smokes fish on a charcoal barbecue, a staple in
this swampy southern region.

Feb 17, 2015

Explosions, gunfire at south Nigeria rally kill policeman

LAGOS (Reuters) – Explosions hit an opposition political rally in southern Nigeria on Tuesday and Islamist insurgents struck in the north, with unrest spreading after a presidential election was postponed.

A police officer was killed and several people wounded when five explosions and a burst of gunfire hit an opposition rally in Okrika in southern Nigeria’s oil producing Rivers state, home town of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife Patience.

Feb 17, 2015

Explosions, gunfire hit opposition rally in southern Nigeria

LAGOS (Reuters) – Five explosions and a burst of gunfire hit an opposition rally in the town of Okrika in southern Nigeria’s oil producing Rivers state on Tuesday, wounding several people, witness and the governor of the state said.

Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor Rotimi Amaechi was not at the rally. The town is home to Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Feb 12, 2015

Nigerians flee naira as politics casts ‘dark shroud’

ABUJA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Nigerians are dumping the naira
currency as it skids lower by the day, driven by fear of the
unknown after authorities pushed back the date of a presidential
election.

Already mauled by a halving of oil prices since last June,
the naira this week fell through the key level of 200 to the
dollar, forcing people like Boyin Akinteye to seek ways of
protecting their savings.

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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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