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Nigeria's Buhari looks to consolidate at state polls

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:30 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari will be expecting to consolidate his victory on February 23, where he wins in 19 states to secure a second 4-year terms of office

POLLS. Officials of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) look on as a woman casts her vote at a polling station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 9, 2019, as voting has started to elect governors and lawmakers in 29 of the nation's 36 states two weeks after presidential and national assembly elections in which Buhari was elected for a second term. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari faces long to-do list in second term

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'The hard work to build a better Nigeria continues,' Muhammadu Buhari says in his acceptance speech on Wednesday, February 27

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the audience following his reelection, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari wins reelection as opposition vows court battle

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) It is the second victory at the ballot box for Muhammadu Buhari, a one-time military ruler who was first elected in 2015 to lead Africa's most-populous nation and top oil producer

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a military parade marking the country's 58th anniversary of independence, on Eagle Square in Abuja. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

Nigeria votes for a new president after delay

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Results are expected from early next week, with the winner gaining control of Africa's most populous nation and leading oil producer for 4 years

NIGERIA VOTE. Electoral Commission Officers await for voters as a polling station opens at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Crunch time as Nigeria goes to the polls

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A total of 73 candidates are on the ballot for Saturday, February 16 – the sixth election in 20 years since Nigeria returned to democracy after decades of military rule

ELECTIONS. This combination of file photos created on February 15, 2019 shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during a joint press conference in Abuja on August 31, 2018 and former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaking during the People's Democratic Party's national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 6, 2018. Photos by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Top judge's suspension not linked to election – Nigeria

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare foreign currency bank accounts, in breach of rules governing the declaration of assets by public officials

NIGERIA ELECTION. President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

EU, U.S., Britain concerned at suspension of Nigeria's top judge

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:38 PM

All 3 statements express concern at the timing and manner of the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was charged for false declaration of assets

CHARGED. Nigeria's chief justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen is charged for failing to declare his assets. Photo from Onnoghen's Facebook page

Nigerian president's U.S. visit to focus on security, economy

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

According to a White House statement, the talks will focus on economic growth and democratic development, and fighting terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria

OFF TO US. In this file photo, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Trump to host Nigerian president April 30 – White House

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Nigeria, West Africa's largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the United States

MUHAMMADU BUHARI. Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Nigerians fume as ailing leader passes 100 days abroad

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari s 100 day long overseas medical trip is stoking tensions in the country as calls grow for him to either return or resign

In this file photo, a man reads a newspaper, which front page focuses on President Mohammadu Buhari's follow-up medical consultation in London, as he stands outside a newstand in Obalende district in Lagos, on May 8, 2017. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Ill Nigerian president appears in rare photo – presidency

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Buhari has spent most of this year in London receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition

This handout picture released on July 23, 2017, by the Office of the Nigerian Presidency shows the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) receiving in audience the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation in the Abuja House in London. Office of the Nigerian Presidency / Handout / AFP

Calls for clarity over Nigeria's absent president

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Beyond official denials of rumors that he is terminally ill and even dead questions about President Muhammadu Buhari s health have been met with a deafening silence

HEADLINE. A man reads a newspaper, which front page focuses on President Mohammadu Buhari's follow-up medical consultation in London, as he stands outside a newsstand in Obalende district in Lagos, on May 8, 2017. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigeria president vows support for freed Chibok girls

May 08, 2017 - 11:04 AM

President Buhari: I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom

WITH THE PRESIDENT. An handout picture released by the PGDBA&HND Mass Communication shows Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) addressing the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on May 7, 2017. PGDBA&HND Mass Communication/Sunday Aghaeze/Handout/AFP

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

May 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The presidency announces that months of talks with the jihadists has yielded results just over 6 months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators

KIDNAPPED. This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by Agence France-Presse shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram/handout/AFP

Nigeria marks 3 years since mass schoolgirl kidnap

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The Bring Back Our Girls movement has been urging President Muhammadu Buhari to ramp up efforts to free the 195 Chibok schoolgirls still believed held by Boko Haram

CHIBOK ABDUCTION. This screengrab taken from a video on May 12, 2014 shows girls wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released the video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Photo from AFP

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is committed to finding the remaining 195 schoolgirls who were abducted almost 3 years ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.   The Nigerian army on January 5, 2017 said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby.Rakiya Abubakar was one of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Nigeria's Buhari says Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem They are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets adds Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes part in the High level meeting during the the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) conference in August 28, 2016 Nairobi. Japan will pour $30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on on August 27, 2016 at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be $30 billion," Abe said at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, where he will meet dozens of leaders from across Africa. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The Niger Delta Avengers NDA says the ruling party should stop moves to arrest intimidate invade and harass innocent citizens

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows an advertising board in the City of Warri in the Delta State.  The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group that has been attacking Nigeria's oil infrastructure since early this year, announced August 21 on their website they will lay down their arms and return to talks with the Nigerian government after eight months of sabotage in the oil-rich south of the country.  / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

2nd Chibok girl found as Nigerian president meets 1st rescued student

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war in the conflict which has killed at least 20 000 people forced 2 6 million from their homes and devastated the northeast since 2009

epa05317321 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (2-R) meets with rescued girl Amina Ali Nkeki and baby (L) with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State (C) at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, 19 May 2016. Amina Ali Nkeki was found in the Sambisa Forest near the border of Cameroon. Nigerian Military found her carrying a baby and with a suspected member of the Boko Haram Islamist group. 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from Chibok secondary school in north-east Nigeria in 2014. EPA/STRINGER

Rescued Chibok schoolgirl to meet Nigeria's Buhari – governor

May 19, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The teenager is reported as telling family and community leaders most of the abducted girls still being held were in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno but that six had died

AMINA ALI. A handout picture made available by the Nigerian Military on May 19, 2016 shows Amina Ali Nkeki (R), one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, receiving medical attention before meeting the Borno State Governor Kashim Shetima (2-R) at Government house, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 18, 2016. Photo by Nigerian Military/EPA

More help needed to defeat Boko Haram, rebuild, summit told

May 15, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The final communique in the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja says a global approach is required comprising hard and soft power to end the threat

COUNTERING EXTREMISM. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja on May 14, 2016. Photo by Stephanie De Sakutin/ Pool/ AFP

UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to ISIS

May 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The UN Security Council has voiced deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region

TIES WITH ISIS. Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The military which has been repeatedly accused of abuses against civilians in its fight against Sunni Muslim jihadists Boko Haram has maintained its troops acted appropriately

Boko Haram threat hangs heavy over Nigeria in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Despite official assurances violence and fear of Islamist group Boko Haram continue to stalk several major cities in Nigeria s troubled northeast

TERROR SCOURGE. A photo taken on October 28, 2015 in Maiduguri shows a poster displaying 100 Boko Haram suspects declared wanted by the Nigerian army. AFP photo

Boko Haram kills over 50 people in 2 days of attacks

Dec 29, 2015 - 7:47 AM

This comes after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his government had technically defeated Boko Haram

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014, from a video obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Nigeria's president says 'tens' die in gas explosion

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED The blast engulfs the southeastern industrial city of Nnewi in black clouds

Dozens killed as suicide bombers hit NE Nigeria mosque – witnesses

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:33 AM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Boko Haram which was founded in Borno s state capital Maiduguri in 2009

Nigeria leader pledges to rescue kidnapped Chibok girls

Sep 29, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Boko Haram fighters storm a school in the remote northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok on April 14 2014 seizing 276 girls who were preparing for end of year exams in an abduction that shocked the world

BUHARI. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria delivers his speech during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 28 September 2015. Photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Boko Haram killers on horseback massacre nearly 80 in NE Nigeria

Aug 31, 2015 - 11:06 PM

The attacks over the weekend are the latest in the 6 year old insurgency by the extremist group seeking to carve out an Islamic state in the region

File photo by AFP

Three girls blow themselves up in deadly Nigeria attacks

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:47 PM

Three girls stage suicide bombings in the Nigerian city of Damaturu killing at least 13 people as residents prepared for the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan

STRING OF ATTACKS. A view of a destroyed car after a bomb blast at the premises of The First African Church Mission Inc. at the city Centre in Jos, Nigeria on 06 July 2015. Photo by EPA

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri – Nigeria military

Jun 09, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari meets leaders of the G7 nations at a summit in Germany and reaffirms his pledge to crack down on the Islamists while calling for greater regional and international cooperation

LOOKOUT. A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. Quentin Leboucher/AFP

Nigeria army repels Boko Haram as new president starts term

May 30, 2015 - 9:59 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari vows to intensify the fight against Boko Haram notably by shifting operational command from the capital Abuja to Maiduguri

NEW LEADER. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) waves to the crowd during his inauguration ceremony as President of Nigeria, in Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 29, 2015. Susan Walsh/AFP

Nigeria president-elect told to 'win peace' vs Boko Haram

Apr 03, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The real battle should take place on the social and economic front say analysts on Nigeria s president elect and his vow to fight terror group Boko Haram

NEW LEADER. Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari wins the polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation. AFP photo

Nigeria's Buhari vows action on Boko Haram, graft after election win

Apr 02, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Buhari s victory over Goodluck Jonathan writes a new chapter in Nigeria s often turbulent political history The unprecedented democratic transfer of power also wins praises internationally

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Buhari in historic Nigeria election win

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:11 AM

Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria s president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa s most populous nation

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Close race between Jonathan, Buhari in tense Nigerian elections

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The tense presidential vote pitting Jonathan against the former military ruler Buhari is the closest in Nigeria s history and the first with a credible opposition challenge

NIGERIANS DECIDE. Nigerian electoral officials work on the collation of Presidential and National Assembly election results at the Lagos local government collation centre in Yaba, Lagos Nigeria 29 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Despite violence linked to Boko Haram militants and sporadic unrest elsewhere UN chief Ban Ki moon and others praise the conduct of the vote

NIGERIA DECIDES. Nigerian electoral officials work on the collation of Presidential and National Assembly election results at the Lagos local government collation centre in Yaba, Lagos Nigeria 29 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Results from both the presidential and parliamentary vote being held at the same time are expected within 48 hours of polls closing

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Nigerian officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sort out election materials before distribution to local government areas in Dutse, Jigawa state, North West Nigeria March 26, 2015. File photo by STR/EPA

Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Updated President Goodluck Jonathan is locked in a tight race with the main opposition candidate former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari With the elections now postponed to March 28 an analyst says the advantage could swing in favor of Jonathan

DELAYED ELECTIONS: File photo of a campaign rally of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Taslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on January 30, 2015. AFP photo