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Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

| January 5, 2017

(GIN)—Aviation officials have ordered the shutdown of the nation’s nearly-new international airport at Abuja, the capital, after severe problems on the facility’s single runway were reported. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, named after Nigeria’s first president, offered direct flights to capitals of Africa and Europe. However, runway problems developed due to “overuse,” according to the […]

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Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga may not be the most well-known billionaire in the world but he was Africa’s biggest winner in 2016—increasing his net worth by $2.7 billion to total $5.8 billion over the past year. It was the largest increase among billionaires at a time when declining oil prices and devaluations were nibbling away […]

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Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—Newly-installed steel girders supporting a megachurch filled with Nigerian parishioners snapped abruptly during a Saturday church service, trapping hundreds and leaving a trail of tragedy for close to 200 congregants who lost their lives, according to local sources. Mortuaries in the southern Nigerian city of Uyo were overflowing after the incident, Etete Peters, medical director […]

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Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—A disabling medical condition linked to child marriage and early childbirth is receiving limited attention from the Nigerian government, according to medical professionals in published reports. Doctors say the condition, known as obstetric fistula, is the result of prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, causing a hole in a woman’s birth canal which leaves her […]

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Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—A former State Department official is warning against a drive by President Barack Obama to sell “as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria” – a move which would pull the U.S. into more dangerous excursions on the continent. U.S. officials call the sale “a vote of confidence in Nigerian President […]

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World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP 22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. World leaders will be gathering there for the next 11 days to advance the landmark agreement, where an unprecedented number of countries agreed to limit the increase in average […]

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Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

| October 18, 2016

(GIN)—In a sight that could make a witness choke up with tears, a roomful of rescued Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok ran into the arms of their overjoyed parents and smothered them with hugs. The gathering, organized by Nigerian authorities, signaled an end to their two-year captivity by Boko Haram rebels and the start of a […]

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Nigerian World Scrabble champions beat roadblaock to games in France

Nigerian World Scrabble champions beat roadblaock to games in France

| August 30, 2016

(GIN)—Shock, dismay, and disfavor are some of the high value words that could have earned Scrabble points or described the reaction by Nigeria’s top board game players upon learning that their visas for the World Scrabble games this week in France were being denied. Despite being a world-renowned player, Wellington Jighere of Delta State found […]

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Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

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Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

(GIN)—Cancellation of the scheduled appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari and the arrangement of a 10-day trip to England for treatment of an ear infection have raised concerns that a serious health issue is afflicting the recently-elected leader. It would not be the first time a Nigerian president claimed to be receiving treatment abroad but was […]

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