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Nov 6, 2014

Africa’s richest man targets Nigeria’s rice deficit

LAGOS, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Nigeria enjoys a perfect
rice-growing climate over a vast area yet it is the world’s
second biggest importer of the staple, often from countries in
its warm, wet tropical latitude like top exporter Thailand.

It’s one of those baffling Nigerian paradoxes, like the fact
that it is Africa’s top oil producer yet suffers frequent fuel
shortages; or that it is sitting on the world’s eighth largest
gas reserves but can only produce a few hours of power a day.

Nov 1, 2014

Nigeria’s purported Boko Haram leader says has ‘married off’ girls – AFP

LAGOS (Reuters) – A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been “married off” to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed, AFP said on Saturday.

Nigeria’s military says it killed Shekau a year ago.

The insurgents usually give a copy of their videos to the French news agency about a day before they are posted online. The latest is likely to raise doubts about whether talks between a Boko Haram faction and the government in neighbouring Chad will secure the girls’ release.

Oct 27, 2014

Gunmen kill German citizen, kidnap another in southwest Nigeria

LAGOS (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked the vehicles of a German worker and sub-contractor for a construction company in southwest Nigeria’s Ogun state, shooting one dead and kidnapping the other, a senior security source said on Monday.

The attack on the cars carrying the men, who were traveling without their security escorts, occurred on Friday. They were heading to the Ogbere quarry west of Lagos in Ogun state, where they worked with Julius Berger Nigeria.

Oct 27, 2014

Nigeria’s Jonathan brushes off scandals to lead 2015 election race

ABUJA (Reuters) – Not many presidents could survive three multi-billion dollar government oil corruption scandals and a wave of cold-blooded killings and kidnappings of civilians by Islamist militants still holding hundreds of schoolgirls after six months.

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has not only survived, he will seek reelection in February stronger than ever, after five years in a job no one expected him to get.

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.

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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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