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Nigeria's opposition sets out its vision for government Nigeria's main opposition party has unveiled what it hopes will be a blueprint for winning power when voters in Africa's most populous nation go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament. The All Progressives Congress (APC), buoyed by a wave of defections from President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), called the manifesto a "Road Map to a New Nigeria". The ...|
Nigeria's economic growth to quicken, inflation to ease this year -IMF By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - Economic growth in Nigeria will accelerate this year, driven by sectors outside its dominant energy industry, while inflation will continue its downward path, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday. Africa's second-largest economy is set to grow 7.3 percent this year, up from 6.4 percent in 2013, the IMF said, a more optimistic outlook than Nigerian Finance ...
Nigeria says 20 Islamists killed as schools shut after massacres Nigeria's military said on Thursday that it had killed 20 Islamist insurgents in the restive northeast, as schools were shut in the region to prevent further attacks targeting students. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said troops repelled an ambush by Boko Haram militants on Wednesday in Mafa, Borno state, epicentre of the uprising which has killed 500 people this year alone. Boko Haram gunmen ...
Nigeria's APC pledges to fight graft at debut summit By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's main opposition party slammed President Goodluck Jonathan's record on corruption on Thursday, calling on Africa's most populous nation to end the governing party's 15-year rule at an election next year. Calling it "A New Party for a New Nigeria", APC leaders Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, and former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu unveiled ...
Four men flogged for homosexuality in Nigeria Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - An Islamic court in northern Nigeria on Thursday ordered four men to be flogged with horsewhips and fined after being convicted of homosexuality, a court clerk told AFP. The four, aged between 22 and 28, were sentenced and received 15 lashes each in secret after a trial at the Upper Sharia Court in the Unguwar Jaki district of the city of Bauchi. Court clerk Abdul Mohammed ...
Nigeria gets new defense minister ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president has appointed a retired general from the mainly Muslim north to be the new minister of defense as the country confronts an increasing number of ever-deadlier attacks by Islamic extremists staging an uprising in the northeast.
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Slaughter-crazy: Why is Nigeria's Boko Haram so successful? Nigeria's radical Boko Haram fighters have launched multiple killing sprees in past months -- blasting villages and often scaring off the Army in the northeast region. What gives?
Nigeria's New Opposition Party Launches Platform Since Nigeria's new mega-opposition party formed last year, it has been clear that they do not support the ruling People's Democratic Party. The PDP has run Nigeria since the nation became a democracy in 1999 despite challenges from formidable opposition parties. Last year, after years of trying and failing, the major opposition parties merged in the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest the ...
Low-profile conservative to run Nigeria's top bank Nigeria has lined up a relative unknown to head its central bank after the outspoken former governor was suspended, causing shockwaves in Africa's second-largest economy and markets to wobble. Zenith Bank boss Godwin Emefiele had almost no profile outside the banking sector until his name was put forward to succeed Lamido Sanusi, who was removed over charges of financial recklessness. Sanusi had ...
Navy Rescues Kidnapped Indians [Vanguard]Warri -THE Nigeria Navy, Friday, rescued three Indian nationals working for C F Offshore, kidnapped in Bayelsa State , March 5 , from a criminal hideout in Ajudaigbo, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Nigeria, Africa's Growing Economic Powerhouse [Cameroon Tribune]Reports say Nigeria's economy is expected to grow strongly in 2014, with expansion continuing to be driven by high oil prices and robust domestic demand. This is likely to see the Africa's top oil-producing nation dethrone South Africa and become the continent's largest economy in terms of its GDP size. According to projections by economists, the rebasing may see Nigeria's GDP increase to between $384bn (about FCF 183.605 trillion) and $424bn (about FCFA 202.737 trillion), making it Africa's new economic p
Military Foils Boko Haram Attacks On Borno Communities, Kills 20 Insurgents - Spokesperson [Premium Times]The Nigerian military said on Thursday that it foiled an attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram on some communities in troubled Borno State. Twenty members of the outlawed sect were also killed, the military said.
World Bank to Continue Support for Secondary Education [World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved financing for Nigeria to further support secondary education programs in Lagos State. This will allow strong results to be sustained and evaluated in hundreds of secondary schools, and expanded to others.
Trending Video: KCee Rocks 'Hakuna Matata' Single [Vanguard]Pop artist KCEE is not losing steam; not even for a minute. His fun-filled single ‘Hakuna Matata’ currently lays siege on Youtube as one of the most sought after trending videos.
National Heavy Weights for National Conference [This Day]President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of the names of the 492 delegates to the National Conference, with the federal government nominating 37 elder statesmen including Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Chief Edwin Clark, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Prof. Jerry Gana and Mallam Tanko Yakassai to lead the line.
Jonathan, Boko Haram And The War Within [Leadership]Regardless of what President Goodluck Jonathan’s government would have us believe, we are losing the war against Boko Haram. We’re losing it to the original Boko Haram and to its various franchises, including those in Jonathan’s government.
Obasanjo Bars PDP NWC Delegation From His Residence [This Day]Abeokuta -Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday barred the delegation of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Domestic Airlines Lose N20 Billion Annually to Poor Airfield Lighting [This Day]Nigerian domestic carriers lose over N20 billion annually to poor, inadequate or non-existent air field lighting at some Nigerian airports.
Enhancing the Transport System [This Day]Enhancing the transport system in the country will help in addressing the current burden on roads.
Borno Village Attacked Minutes After Gov's Visit [Daily Trust]Maiduguri -Survivors of the recent Boko Haram attack in Mafa village of Borno State who returned to the village to listen to the visiting Governor Shettima Ibrahim were once again attacked by Boko Haram insurgents around 4:45pm Wednesday, five minutes after the governor left for Maiduguri.
Civil War - Ohanaeze Demands N2.4 Trillion Reparation, State Apology for Ndigbo [Vanguard]Enugu -The pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, yesterday, demanded from the Federal Government N2.4 trillion as reparation and compensation to Ndigbo in the five South East states and Anioma in Delta State, who lost their loved ones and property during the civil war as well as those still suffering dislocation and seizure of property in the country.
Bleaching Queen Disses Lupita [The Star]Kenyan actress and Oscar star Lupita Nyong’o was a guest speaker at the Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon where she opened up about the importance of loving your skin complexion.
13 Students Hospitalised in Lagos After Inhaling Poisonous Fumes [Vanguard]Lagos -THERE was palpable anxiety among parents and guardians in the Ogba axis of Lagos metropolis Thursday, after 13 students of Ogba Junior Grammah School, Ogba, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, collapsed after inhaling an unidentified poisonous fumes discharged from one of the cottage factories in Ogba Shopping Arcade.
Corruption - FG, Amaechi Trade Words [Vanguard]Abuja -The Federal and Rivers State governments were, yesterday, locked in a hot exchange of words following accusation that the present federal administration had institutionalised corruption and given the vice a human face.
Missing U.S.$20 Billion - We Can't Carry Out Forensic Audit, Says Auditor General [Vanguard]Abuja -THE Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, yesterday, told the Senate Committee on Finance investigating the alleged unremitted $20 billion to the federation account by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, that his office lacked the constitutional power to carry out forensic audit on NNPC account.
Clark, Falae, Nwobodo, Gana, Yakassai Top Confab List [Vanguard]Abuja -AFTER weeks of preparations, the Federal Government, yesterday, released the names of 483 prominent Nigerians, who are expected to hammer out details of a new constitution for Nigeria at the National Conference, which will now begin on March 17.
Defection - PDP Sues Mark Over 11 Senators [Vanguard]Abuja -The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, dragged the Senate President, David Mark, and 11 other serving Senators that were elected on its platform but defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, asking that their seats be declared vacant.
National Confab - Jonathan Releases List of 492 Delegates [Leadership]President Goodluck Jonathan has released the list of 492 delegates that will participate at the National Conference. The president also approved the appointments of three assistant secretaries to serve in the National Conference Secretariat.
Military Foils Boko Haram Attack in Borno, Kill 20 in Borno [Leadership]In a fierce gun battle between military operatives and fighters of the Boko Haram sect in Borno State, several sect members were killed when they returned to attack Mafa village in the state, according to a BBC Hausa Service report.
Kidnappers of Jonathan's Foster Father Reject N30 Million Ransom [Leadership]The extended family of President Goodluck Jonathan has resorted to prayers for the release of the 70 years old foster father of the president, Chief Inengite Nitabai, following the alleged rejection of N30million offered by the family to the kidnappers.
15 Years of PDP Government a Waste - APC [Leadership]History was made in Abuja yesterday when the leaders, chieftains and members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), during a national summit, presented the part's "Code of Ethics and Roadmap to a New Nigeria" to the public. On the occasion, many speakers discredited the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accusing it of wasting the mandate given it in the last 15 years.
Women Protest North-East Killings in UK, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos [Leadership]Scores of Nigerian women, dressed in black attire, yesterday took to the streets to protest against the gruesome killing of over 50 school children in Yobe State and and other attacks on residents of the North-east by the Boko Haram sect.
N29 Billion Pension Fund - Representatives Summon Okonjo-Iweala, AGF, Others Over Funds Diversion [Leadership]The House of Representatives has uncovered another alleged scam where N29 Billion Police Pension fund kept in a commercial bank was diverted for other capital projects.
Forex Firm Under Investigation for Fraud [CAJ News]Abuja -A Bureau de Change operator, Garba Abdullahi Tahir Charbo Bureau De Change Limited, has been re-arraigned before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja on a 23-count charge bordering on fraud amounting to N514, 9 million.
Government Introduces New Fees for E-Passport [Premium Times]The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja announced major reforms and costs in all the categories of the Nigerian e-passport.
Kidnappers of President Jonathan's Cousin Reject N30 Million Ransom [This Day]The kidnappers of Chief Inengite Nitabai, President Goodluck Jonathan's uncle, have allegedly rejected the N30 million offered by his family as ransom for his freedom.
Sambawa, Bewarang Disagree On Eagles' Mexico Draw [Daily Trust]A former Minister of Sports, Alhaji Saidu Samaila Sambawa, yesterday said the Super Eagles' goalless draw against Mexico in an international friendly on Wednesday was not worth the standing of a team that is desirous of reaching the 2014 World Cup semi-final stage.
Belgium Pressured Me to Dump Eagles - Imoh [Daily Trust]Newly capped Super Eagles of Nigeria and Standard Liege of Belgium striker, Ezekiel Imoh, has revealed that his father was the reason he choose Nigeria over Belgium.
Eagles Get 'Code of Conduct' Booklet, Returns Friday [Daily Trust]Nigeria's senior football team, Super Eagles have been handed the new 'Code of Conduct' booklet by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ahead of this year's World Cup in Brazil to ensure better conduct by players and officials.