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Dec 23, 2013

Nigerian leader accuses predecessor of harming national security

LAGOS, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan on Monday accused one of his mentors and predecessors,
Olusegun Obasanjo, of stirring up ethnic hatred against him and
of threatening national security.

Obasanjo, twice president and a powerful political godfather
who nurtured Jonathan’s own rise to power, has progressively
fallen out with the current president. In a letter leaked
earlier this month he said it would be “morally flawed” for
Jonathan to seek a second term in a 2015 poll.

Dec 5, 2013

Nigerian drive to end fuel subsidy fraud mired in confusion

ABUJA/LAGOS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s drive to clean up a
gasoline subsidy scheme that soaks up a fifth of federal
spending is mired in confusion, with the government, anti-graft
investigators and fuel importers at odds over attempts to root
out massive fraud.

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that importers will
be prosecuted if either of Nigeria’s two anti-corruption bodies
finds evidence they are defrauding the scheme, the total cost of
which was 1 trillion naira ($6.3 billion) last year.

Nov 19, 2013

Nigerian president delays budget on spending dispute -source

ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will not present the 2014 budget to the national assembly as planned on Tuesday because of a disagreement between his team and lawmakers over plans to curb spending.

A letter from Jonathan read out in the assembly by Senate president David Mark said: “It is infeasible for me to present the budget in the absence of a harmonized position,” with executive, upper and lower house all disagreeing on spending.

Nov 15, 2013

Nigeria’s Jonathan will struggle to pass tighter budget

LAGOS, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president faces a
daunting task when he presents next year’s budget on Tuesday,
with tighter spending likely to be shot down by lawmakers keen
to keep the wheels of patronage turning ahead of elections in
2015.

Economists have praised Finance Minister Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts to slash spending in the budget
framework paper, which allocated outgoings of 4.5 trillion naira
($28.27 billion) for 2014, against 5 trillion in 2013.

Oct 31, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa to grow 6 pct next year – IMF

ABUJA/LAGOS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s
economic growth is expected to increase to 6 percent in 2014,
from 5 percent this year, supported by investment in
infrastructure and production capacity, the International
Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7
percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014.

Oct 23, 2013

Insight: The struggle to tame Africa’s beast of a megacity

LAGOS (Reuters) – A walk along the two kilometers of light rail that Lagos authorities have managed to build in three years gives a sense of how hard it is to impose order on one of Africa’s most chaotic cities.

From either side of the concrete structure – no track has yet been laid – the crowded slums and highways of Nigeria’s lagoon-side commercial hub teem with activity.

Oct 23, 2013

The struggle to tame Africa’s beast of a megacity

LAGOS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A walk along the two kilometres of
light rail that Lagos authorities have managed to build in three
years gives a sense of how hard it is to impose order on one of
Africa’s most chaotic cities.

From either side of the concrete structure – no track has
yet been laid – the crowded slums and highways of Nigeria’s
lagoon-side commercial hub teem with activity.

Oct 17, 2013

Nigeria halts gasoline imports as buy scheme creates glut

LONDON/LAGOS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The trading arm of
Nigeria’s state oil company has suspended gasoline imports,
market sources in the region said, after over-buying in the wake
of a fuel subsidy scandal last year.

Gasoline gluts have occurred in the past off Nigeria, but
the scale is far worse than usual and a suspension of import
deals is very rare. Traders say it is possible the suspension
may extend until the end of the year – which will hit European
refiners that supply the market.

Oct 15, 2013

Amnesty says hundreds die in Nigerian jails

LAGOS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Nearly 1,000 people, mostly suspected Islamist militants, died in Nigerian jails in the first half of this year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Amnesty said some of the 950 victims were suspected to have been executed but many died because of the harsh, overcrowded conditions of the jails.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria. 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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