Nigeria

Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

<b>Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants.</b><p>On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university killing themselves and a security guard.<p>There has been a dramatic upsurge in …

Boko Haram

Nigeria's Buhari sends first message since taking sick leave on May 7

| ABUJA<p>Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered an audio message to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, a senior aide said on Monday, in his first public statement since he left for Britain on medical leave on May 7.<p>Buhari, a Muslim from the north of Nigeria, made the address, calling …

Muhammadu Buhari

Based on the content of the memo, a smarter idea would have been for them to announce the independence of Northern Nigeria from the Nigerian federation.

The reaction of some elements in the North to the events of the last few weeks in Nigeria revealed something very shocking - they missed the …

Kano State

Nigerian president's Eid speech in Hausa criticised

<b>Like many national leaders, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari wished his country well on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, this weekend.</b><p>In a short message aired on several media outlets, he said he hoped the "lessons of Ramadan" - virtues such as …

Muhammadu Buhari

How culture, passion and genetics are fueling a Nigerian takeover of U.S. sports

Nigerians are making waves in the U.S. due to their intensity, intelligence and athleticism<p>It wasn't just coincidence to Bobby Burton. The 47-year-old Houston native had been covering college football recruiting for more than 20 years. With increased frequency, the best players he saw were more …

College Football

Time to restructure Nigeria has come, says IBB

Call for creation of state police<br>Says hate campaign can lead to civil war<p>By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor<br>The time to restructure Nigeria has …

West Africa

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

<b>Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine.</b><p>A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces.<p>A local official told the BBC that dozens of bodies had been buried, and 23 survivors were taken to the …

West Africa

African press review 27 June 2017 - Africa - RFI

We begin in Nigeria where the papers lead with reactions to calls for the urgent restructuring of the country to stop ongoing agitations in some parts of the nation.<p>Punch reports that the governors of states held by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have offered strong backing to the …

Niger Delta

Boko Haram kills eight soldiers from Chad

Eight Chadian soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, on the weekend.<p>Another 18 were wounded in the …

Boko Haram

Nine Dead, 13 Injured in Nigeria Suicide Attacks, Police Says - Bloomberg

Nine people died and 13 were injured when seven suicide bombers carried out attacks in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the police …

West Africa

Nigeria's Buhari Sends First Message Since May 7, ThisDay Says - Bloomberg

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari spoke in an audio broadcast to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, his first public message since he went on …

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s first ever diaspora bond has raised $300 million

Nigeria’s diaspora population sent home $21 billion in remittances in 2015 and the government wants in on some of that cash.<p>Through its first ever diaspora bond, the Nigerian government is looking to get its citizens living abroad to put some money towards funding part of its $23 billion record …

West Africa

Scientists Try To Break Nigeria's Cycle Of Replanting Bad Yams

Ladi Adaikwu's top-shelf merchandise is hidden in a mud-brick shed in a warren of narrow alleyways in Angwan-Dodo, a farming village close to Nigeria's capital city Abuja. The steel door is secured with a heavy padlock, and when she opens it, a shaft of light cuts through the damp darkness to …

Agriculture

DW urges Nigeria to release detained correspondent

The detention and beating of a DW correspondent in Nigeria has prompted a protest note from Germany's foreign broadcaster. Deutsche Welle has called …

World News

Last week, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo met with governors at the Presidential Banquet in Abuja. Obviously, the recent three-month ultimatum by northern youths to Igbo to vacate the north and IPOB's Kanu renewed agitation for Biafra were on his mind. Osinbajo advised the governors to protect lives and properties of all citizens in their respective states, saying “Nigeria is indissoluble.”

Last week, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo met with governors at the Presidential Banquet in Abuja. Obviously, the recent three-month ultimatum by …

Citizen Journalism

One Meal A Day

Not so long ago, Lake Chad was one of the largest bodies of water in Africa. The thick reeds and vital wetlands around its basin provided vast …

Boko Haram

Excerpts from Remarks by Acting President Osinbajo when he received a delegation of Religious, Traditional and Political Leaders in Sallah Homage at his Residence — June 25, 2017

1.<p>The first time that I attended Iftar, Mr President invited me. And I recall asking him, when he invited me, that are Christians allowed to attend …

Muhammadu Buhari

'It insulting for Buhar to speak to Nigerians in Hausa'

Many Nigerians have continued to react to the voice message said to have been released by President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians felicitating with …

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria: Popular Nigerian Church in Abuja Gutted By Fire

Church<p>The popular Rock of Ages Church located along Airport road Abuja is currently on fire.<p>Several fire trucks and fire fighters are on the scene …

West Africa

Nigeria Muslims pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

Muslims in Nigeria celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday at the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.<p>As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid-al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies …

Islam

In Northeast Nigeria, Displaced Families Celebrate Ramadan's End In Style

Around the world, Muslims are marking Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration that ends Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting — including the people of northeastern Nigeria, a region blighted by an eight-year insurgency by the extremist group, Boko Haram.<p>Despite a recent spate of deadly suicide attacks in …

Boko Haram

Chad's Deby warns tight cash could limit fight against terrorism

PARIS (Reuters) - Chad's president, Idriss Deby, an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants, warned in an interview that cash-strapped Chad could be forced to withdraw some of its troops from the fight if it does not get financial help.<p>Chad has one of the most capable armies …

World News

Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram May Be Far From Over

In a rare interview, Fulan Nasrullah, a former member of Boko Haram, says the government is once again underestimating the insurgents.

Boko Haram

Why is Nigeria One Country and Who Wants to Divide It?

Ethnic tensions are boiling over in Nigeria. They did that before, and more than 1 million people died as a result.

World News

Nigerian acting president meets with regional leaders on ethnic unrest

Nigeria's acting president met with regional leaders in an effort to quell ethnic tensions, his office said, as threats grow of conflict between northern Muslims and southeastern Igbo people.<p>The two groups have been trading barbs since the beginning of the month, after Muslim activists demanded the …

World News

Nigeria foiled attacks planned for Eid holiday - state security agency | Reuters

LAGOS Nigeria's state security agency said on Friday it had foiled plans by militants to detonate explosives in four cities in the north of the …

Boko Haram

Lake Chad: The faces of the world's 'silent emergency'

<b>The moment photographer Chris de Bode realised the young man was eating the contents of a nappy is one he will never forget.</b><p>He had been photographing the plight of the refugees who were seeking safety in northern Cameroon when he came across the man, who appeared disabled, sat outside a hut in the …

West Africa

Nigeria 19th Most Attractive Investment Destination in Africa - Report

Investments in Nigeria<p>Nigeria has been identified as the 19th most attractive economy for investments flowing in Africa, the latest Africa Investment …

West Africa

How my girlfriend caused my downfall —EVANS

…The shock of my life<br>…His different names in different cities<br>…Denies man, woman who claimed he kidnapped them<br>…I don’t collect N20m or N10m, he tells …

Crime

African press review 24 June 2017 - Africa - RFI

We begin in Nigeria where <i>Punch</i> leads with a sinister plan by suspected terrorists to stage a series of coordinated attacks using explosives across the country during the Eid-el-Fitr Ramadan feast.<p>The paper quotes the country's National Intelligence agency, the DSS, as saying that it had arrested …

Kano State