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Nigerian Oil Region Crisis Threatens Buhari’s Economic Plans

By Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo Fresh from his comfortable re-election, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari faces a huge hurdle to keep his vow to end the economy’s addiction to oil: win a lasting peace in the crude-rich Niger River delta. The 76-year-old former military ruler will have to score a breakthrough that’s eluded previous governments

Africa has forgotten the women leaders of its independence struggle

Kwasi Gwamfi Asiedu When the British colonial officers refused to give permits for demonstrations, activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti mobilized local market women for what she called “picnics” and festivals. One of few women in early 1920s Nigeria to receive post-primary education, Ransome-Kuti used her privilege to coordinate the resistance against colonialism in Nigeria that not

Nigeria bans Boeing 737 MAX Planes

Nigeria on Wednesday joined other nations across world in banning the Boeing 737 Max 8 from flying over its airspace to ensure passenger safety. The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known when he addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council,

Nigeria loses $6.1b to violence against children — FG

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Federal Government on Thursday said the economic cost of violence against children in Nigeria is estimated to be about $6.1 billion dollars, which is equivalent to about 1.07 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This was disclosed in an unprecedented report, launched jointly by the United

Group decries continuous violence, crises in Nigeria’s elections

Godsgift Onyedinefu A Working Group On Women, Youth Peace and Security in West Africa and the sahel, (WGWYPS -WAS) has regretted that Nigeria's elections has continued to be marred by violence and crises with inadequate commitment to resolving the issue. The group said it observed that an analyses of the

Takeaways From Elections in Nigeria and Senegal

By Silja Fröhlich What does Senegal have in common with Nigeria regarding elections? Very few, if any at all. The former is regarded as a stable democracy, the latter is not. But experts say Abuja and Dakar can learn from each other. Senegal is the African continent's poster child on matters related

Elections in Nigeria: Smartphone, truth and lies

Millions of voters in Nigeria took their smartphones to the polling station. They have become a tool for citizen election observers. But pictures taken at the ballot can do a lot of damage. Hailemariam Desalegn, former prime minister of Ethiopia and head of the African Union (AU) Election Observation Mission, did

Nigeria election 2019: Who benefits from poll delay?

Mayeni Jones Nigeria is to hold a delayed presidential election this Saturday after the initial vote was rescheduled in a dramatic overnight press conference, five hours before polls were due to have opened. The last-minute cancellation surprised the country and inconvenienced thousands of Nigerians who had travelled a long way