Tag: nigeria

Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

| April 14, 2014

Observers have said that the religion-driven conflict in Africa’s largest nation, typically thought of as being reserved to the north, was threatening to spill into the rest of the nation and destabilize the country. While early reports are incomplete, many are wondering if Boko Haram has decided to take their fight past the confines of […]

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Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

| April 13, 2014

Nigeria long has been touted as a point of pride in Africa with its growing economy and status as an oil-producing nation, as well as its reputation for being a thriving democracy. But, that status has been under attack over the years due to government corruption, the jailing and suspicious deaths of dissidents in oil-producing […]

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Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

| April 10, 2014

(GIN)—News headlines worldwide are trumpeting the startling news that Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. According to newly “rebased” statistics, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product or GDP of $509.9 billion—being the total value of the nation’s goods and services over a period of time—now tops South Africa’s and makes the West […]

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Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

| March 22, 2014

(GIN)—Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who gave us Half of a Yellow Sun, has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality—being black in America. The book was a standout among this year’s entries for the U.S. National Critics Book Circle and this […]

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Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

| March 19, 2014

(GIN)—More than half a million applicants turned up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week and in the resulting crowding, some 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede. An inquiry is being sought by the National Labor Congress and the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders. The two groups condemned the immigration service for […]

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BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

| March 14, 2014

Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money President Jonathan says the allegations are patently false Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a forensic audit of the state oil firm following claims that $20bn (£12bn) had gone missing. Suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi caused shockwaves last month when he said that $20bn in […]

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Former president of Nigeria linked to half a billion dollar heist

| March 13, 2014

  (GIN)—Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. “Nigeria is too rich for any of its citizens to be poor… Nigerians must rise up immediately to fight the scourge of corruption ravaging the country.” That was the Rev. Jesse Jackson. […]

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BBC News – ‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts

BBC News – ‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts

| March 2, 2014

‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left several people dead. Eyewitnesses told the Reuters news agency that that 10 people had been killed and that more were feared trapped under rubble. Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting […]

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan feels heat as critics turn up volume

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan feels heat as critics turn up volume

| December 28, 2013

Dark clouds are shadowing Goodluck Jonathan who has been largely unscathed by scandal until new evidence of massive corruption on a shocking scale hit the front pages.

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Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

| December 12, 2013

(GIN)—For adapting new technologies to address the financial needs of farmers, Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina was tapped as the Forbes Man of the Year 2013. By introducing the e-wallet and using cellphones, Adesina said he was cutting out the middlemen and the losses due to corruption. “When I came on board in July […]

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