Tag: nigeria

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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Dysfunction persists in Nigeria, despite power shift

Dysfunction persists in Nigeria, despite power shift

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—Despite the guiding hand of a new president and a massive bailout by the federal government last year, salaries of government workers in most of Nigeria’s 36 states have not been paid—in some cases as long as nine months. According to local media, the states were in dire straits by the middle of last year […]

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Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Two years have passed since 640 men and boys were shot and left for dead in the northeast region of Maiduguri. The Nigerian Army is said to have committed the murders after a jailbreak with fatalities. “The soldiers asked the people to lie on the ground… a few minutes later they started shooting. I counted […]

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Critics fault Nigeria’s ‘record budget’ for familiar waste, excess

Critics fault Nigeria’s ‘record budget’ for familiar waste, excess

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Critics who examined Nigeria’s budget for 2016 are shaking their heads in disbelief at the sight of excess and waste so familiar from previous regimes. A 37.8 million naira item appears over 369 times, and money for the presidential clinic exceeds that for all 17 of the country’s teaching hospitals combined, according to Oluseun Onigbinde, […]

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Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Tumbling oil prices have been a gift to some but they’ve blown a huge hole in Nigeria’s balance sheet which some fear may set the once promising African economy into a tail spin. What could be worse than finding you have a trillion dollar budget gap and an insurgent group that threatens to hit whatever […]

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Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa state,  Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told AP news that the spill was “massive—the biggest in years.” Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days. A spokesman for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company estimated a […]

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Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—Online petitions are piling up for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that a more open and democratic society promised in his presidential stump speeches has failed to appear. One petition is already demanding President Buhari’s resignation over his alleged failure to abide by international law. Nigerian-born Ndubuisi Anukwuem  and “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),’ […]

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Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

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