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Jul 20, 2014

Nigeria’s free-wheeling media fears crackdown over Boko Haram battle

ABUJA/LAGOS, July 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s press is
traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone -
whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government
sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on
coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

After 15 years of democracy, journalists believe the state
is trying to tame the vibrant, prolific media during its
faltering campaign to stamp out the militant Islamist group.

Jul 15, 2014

Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency

LAGOS/DAKAR (Reuters) – A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast.

But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign to stamp out the crippling virus in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic.

Jul 8, 2014

Jonathan’s PR offensive backfires in Nigeria and abroad

LAGOS, July 8 (Reuters) – Facing censure at home and
overseas for a perceived failure to protect civilians from
violent Islamists, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has
launched an international media offensive to try to turn the
tide of public opinion in his favour.

But those efforts have backfired abroad, where many greet
his defence with scepticism, and at home, where he was slated
for hiring U.S. public relations (PR) firm Levick for $1.2
million, in what critics called a waste of money.

Jul 2, 2014

Boko Haram carnage making Nigeria break-up less likely: Soyinka

ABEOKUTA Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria is suffering greater carnage at the hands of Islamist group Boko Haram than it did during a secessionist civil war, yet this has ironically made the country’s break-up less likely, Nigerian Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka said.

Speaking to Reuters at his home surrounded by rainforest near the southwestern city of Abeokuta, Soyinka said the horrors inflicted by the militants had shown Nigerians across the mostly Muslim north and Christian south that sticking together might be the only way to avoid even greater sectarian slaughter.

Jun 12, 2014

Nigerian media chase politics in Boko Haram coverage

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – A year ago, the daily editorial conference at Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper might have paused to consider where on the inside pages to place a story about the latest Boko Haram attack.

These days there is no need to think. Major raids by the Islamist insurgents go front and center in the paper – and then further, generating comment pieces looking at every angle through the prism of Nigerian politics.

May 30, 2014

Cameroon weakest link in fight against Boko Haram: Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s head of counter-terrorism on Friday accused neighboring Cameroon of failing to make a serious effort to drive Boko Haram insurgents from its territory.

Sarkin-Yaki Bello, Coordinator-General Counter Terrorism Centre, said regional efforts against the Islamist insurgency had improved over the years but more needed to be done.

May 29, 2014

Nigeria’s president orders full scale offensive on Boko Haram

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president said on Thursday he had ordered “a full-scale operation” against Boko Haram Islamist militants and sought to reassure the parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children would be freed.

Speaking on Nigeria’s Democracy Day, Goodluck Jonathan said he had authorized security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that Boko Haram, which operates in the country’s northeast is defeated.

May 28, 2014

Boko Haram too extreme for ‘al Qaeda in West Africa’ brand

ABUJA (Reuters) – When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan branded Boko Haram “al Qaeda in West Africa”, it was sure to turn up the alarm among Western policy-makers, if its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls was not enough.

Yet while Jonathan’s remarks, made at a meeting of regional leaders in Paris this month, hold some truth, analysts say Boko Haram is overall not an al Qaeda affiliate in West Africa – nor is it likely to become one.

May 26, 2014

Nigeria military says knows where girls are, rules out force

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military knows where the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram are but has ruled out using force to rescue them, the state news agency quoted Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh as saying on Monday.

Seven weeks since Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls taking exams at secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, little is known of their whereabouts or what the military is doing to get them out.

May 22, 2014

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 29 in village attack: sources

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have shot dead 29 farm workers as they tilled their fields in a village in the remote northeast, a police source said on Thursday.

The source at police headquarters for Borno state, in the heart of the insurgency, said around 10 more people had been wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Chukku Nguddoa, in which most of the village, including its grain store, were razed.

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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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