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In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

p(GIN)—Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of nearly 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014. The girls were released in exchange for six Boko Haram fighters held by […]

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Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is challenging U.N. and humanitarian aid organizations on their recent reports of near-starvation among states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. According to the president, the reports are “hype”—exaggerating the humanitarian crisis in order to encourage more donations. The Nigerian leader’s dispute with the U.N. recalls former president Goodluck Jonathan who […]

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UK detains five in pursuit of Nigerian oil ministry laundered funds

UK detains five in pursuit of Nigerian oil ministry laundered funds

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—Nearly half a dozen suspects, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, were swept up by UK authorities in a crackdown on corruption coordinated with Nigerian President Muhammed Buhari. According to multiple media accounts, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) obtained a court order to seize 27,000 pounds ($41,000) from the London apartment of […]

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Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

(GIN)–Muhammadu Buhari, his hand on the Holy Book, was sworn in as president at an open-air ceremony May 29 in the capital city of Abuja. His speech acknowledged many of the challenges facing the largest democracy in Africa but offered hope that these challenges could be met. Giving thanks to God “who has preserved us […]

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Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

| April 1, 2015

Opposition party wins election in West African economic giant, Goodluck Jonathan ousted (GIN)–Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country to select the next president and National Assembly of their country, U.S. and British witnesses to the […]

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American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community at the worsening conditions in the West African country, once considered a rising star and the largest economy on the continent. Phyllis Sortor, a reverend […]

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Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, while turning out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote after the national electoral commission called off the nation’s presidential poll for […]

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Nigeria at a crossroad

Nigeria at a crossroad

| February 5, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest black nation, is in the news again. And as usual, much of the world is watching with considerable trepidation. On Feb. 14, voters in this West African nation of 170 million people will go to the polls to pick a president. There […]

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Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As if things could possibly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria. The northern region is the unofficial headquarters of Boko Haram, the insurgent group that got its start in 2009 seeking isolation from corruption. […]

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Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–In a surprise turn of events, Nigeria lined up with the U.S. and Israel to defeat an effort by Palestinians to move the needle on the nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A U.N. Security Council vote on Dec. 30 came just short of approving the Palestinian resolution. […]

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