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Apr 27, 2015

Lagos port still a bottleneck for Africa’s top economy

LAGOS, April 27 (Reuters) – The road leading to the Lagos
port, which handles nearly everything that Africa’s biggest
economy imports, is one of the most congested in a megacity
whose traffic jams are legendary.

Wide enough to accommodate only two lanes on either side,
along it move the goods that Africa’s top crude producer uses
its huge oil receipts to buy — everything from designer wear to
dried fish, champagne and shampoo.

Apr 22, 2015

How the ‘Godfather’ of Lagos could shape Nigeria’s government

LAGOS (Reuters) – “I am a talent hunter. I put talents in office, I help them,” says former Lagos state governor and opposition alliance leader Bola Tinubu, being quite open about his role as one of Nigeria’s most powerful political godfathers.

“I use the best hand, the best brain, the best experience for the job,” he told Reuters after voting this month in a governorship election in Nigeria’s economic capital which, as expected, his hand picked candidate Akinwunmi Ambode won.

Apr 16, 2015

Exclusive: How Nigeria’s ‘smooth’ election nearly went wrong

ABUJA (Reuters) – As Muhammadu Buhari closed in on Nigeria’s presidency, an aide to election commission chairman Attahiru Jega sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, warning of an imminent threat to the electoral process.

The aide had unearthed a plot by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt the public announcement of the national election results and kidnap Jega in a bid to wreck the count, according to pro-democracy advocates and a Nigeria-based diplomat.

Apr 13, 2015

Nigerian governor elections see swing to president-elect’s party

LAGOS, April 13 (Reuters) – Results in Nigeria’s
governorship vote saw a swing towards president-elect Muhammadu
Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Monday, two
weeks after it made history by unseating the incumbent in a
presidential poll.

Eight states have so far abandoned the People’s Democratic
Party’s (PDP) of defeated president Goodluck Jonathan in favour
of the APC — which now has a total of 20 states, more than half
of the territories up for grabs against the PDP’s 13.

Apr 11, 2015

Nigerians vote for powerful state governors

LAGOS, (Reuters) – The final stage of Nigeria’s election began on Saturday with voting for powerful state governors, two weeks after a presidential poll saw an incumbent leader unseated at the ballot box for the first time.

The 36 governors are among the most influential politicians in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and top economy, with budgets larger than those of small nations and influence that can decide who goes on presidential tickets.

Apr 10, 2015

Nigerians to vote for powerful governors in state elections

LAGOS, April 11, (Reuters) – The final stage of Nigeria’s
election will begin on Saturday with state governorship polls,
two weeks after a presidential vote saw an incumbent leader
unseated at the ballot box for the first time.

The 36 governors are among the most powerful politicians in
Africa’s biggest oil producer and top economy, controlling
budgets larger than those of small African nations and wielding
influence that can decide who goes on presidential tickets.

Apr 1, 2015

With Jonathan, Africa’s list of good losers gets longer

ABUJA (Reuters) – Graciously conceding defeat is not something candidates in African elections have traditionally been very good at.

In a macho political culture that sees a routing at the ballot box as a source of shame, refusal to accept a result often leads to protracted battles in court, on the streets or in the worst cases a military crackdown.

Apr 1, 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari wins historic election landslide

ABUJA (Reuters) – Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa’s biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.

As the scale of this weekend’s electoral landslide became clear, President Goodluck Jonathan called Buhari on Tuesday to concede defeat to the opposition leader, an unprecedented step that should help to defuse anger among Jonathan’s supporters.

Mar 31, 2015

How Nigerians forgave Buhari’s high-handed military manner

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians had to forgive former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari many sins for him to win this weekend’s election.

“The General”, as his supporters now affectionately call him, kicked out an elected government in 1983, ushering in an era of military dictatorship in Africa’s most populous nation that was to last 15 years.

Mar 31, 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari closes in on historic election victory

ABUJA, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigerian opposition contender
Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first won power three
decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election
victory on Tuesday, maintaining a hefty lead in the vote count
in Africa’s most populous nation.

According to a Reuters tally collated from 33 of Nigeria’s
36 states, the 72-year-old Buhari had more than 14 million
votes, testament to the faith Nigerians have put in him as a
born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria’s corrupt
politics.

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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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