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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.

Feb 11, 2015

Nigeria military promises neutrality after poll delay

ABUJA, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military pledged not to
get involved in party politics on Wednesday, after concerns grew
about its role in pushing for the country’s presidential
election to be delayed by six weeks.

The military faced accusations of interference when the
chairman of the electoral commission, Attahiru Jega, revealed
that the office of the National Security Advisor had written to
him saying that unless he delayed the Feb. 14 election, it could
not guarantee security.

Feb 9, 2015

Nigeria’s election delay on military say raises fears for democracy

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s agreement to delay this week’s election on the advice of security forces creates a worrying echo for some of the annulment of 1993′s democratic vote by a military government.

The election this Saturday in Africa’s biggest economy was set to be the closest fought since the end of military dictatorship in 1999. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking re-election in a contest with main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, himself a former military ruler.

Feb 6, 2015

Former militants join Nigeria’s Jonathan for election rally

YENAGOA, Nigeria, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Nigerian ruling party
politicians and former militants who in past decades disrupted
Africa’s biggest oil industry met in President Goodluck
Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa on Friday to rally support for
his re-election bid a week before the vote.

Thousands of supporters wearing the red and green of the
ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) cheered as Jonathan took
the stage after hours of dancing to singers and a live band.

Feb 6, 2015

Special Report – Anatomy of Nigeria’s $20 billion ‘leak’

ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) – In late 2013, Nigeria’s then central bank governor Lamido Sanusi wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan claiming that the state oil company had failed to remit tens of billions of oil revenues it owed the state.

After the letter was leaked to Reuters and a local news site, Jonathan publicly dismissed the claim and replaced Sanusi, saying the banker had mismanaged the central bank’s budget. A Senate committee later found Sanusi’s account lacked substance.

Feb 6, 2015

Anatomy of Nigeria’s $20 billion “leak”

ABUJA, Nigeria Feb 6 (Reuters) – In late 2013,
Nigeria’s then central bank governor Lamido Sanusi wrote to
President Goodluck Jonathan claiming that the state oil company
had failed to remit tens of billions of oil revenues it owed the
state.

After the letter was leaked to Reuters and a local news
site, Jonathan publicly dismissed the claim and replaced
Sanusi, saying the banker had mismanaged the central bank’s
budget. A Senate committee later found Sanusi’s account lacked
substance.

Jan 30, 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari vows to end graft, insecurity, inequality

LAGOS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s presidential challenger
Muhammadu Buhari pledged to cheering crowds in opposition
stronghold Lagos that he would tackle the country’s three
greatest ills — insecurity, inequality and corruption.

Africa’s most populous nation votes on Feb. 14 for either
Buhari of the All Progressives Congress or President Goodluck
Jonathan of the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

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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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