‘Everybody suffers too much:’ Nigeria heads to the polls

World 02/15/19, 15:57

As Nigerians prepared to vote for president on Saturday, Sister Meg Odeh looked up from a selection of pineapples laid out at a fume-choked roadside market and considered the fate of her country. She ticked off the sprawling problems facing Africa's most populous nation: insecurity, poverty, corruption. "I'm just praying for ...

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

World 02/15/19, 04:05

On the eve of Nigeria's election on Saturday, the spectacle of campaign expenditure is at odds with the rampant poverty afflicting many.The lack of campaigning in impoverished areas contrasts with the election-time bustle of downtown Abuja, where the capital's streets are adorned with colorful posters of presidential candidates and where ...

Ahead of Nigeria election, opposition alleges ghost voters

World 02/14/19, 07:06

Nigeria's opposition says there are more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register head of Saturday's presidential election.Uche Secondus, the chairman of the opposition People's Democratic Party, told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, on Thursday that the electoral commission "did not in fact do a cleanup ...

Nigeria’s top candidates pledge a peaceful election

World 02/13/19, 06:39

Nigeria's president and his top challenger in Saturday's election have renewed a pledge of peace ahead of a vote marked by heated accusations that have alarmed some observers.President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks a second term, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday vowed to contribute to a free and ...

Nigeria in battle against fake news ahead of elections

World 02/13/19, 05:09

In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double. "It's (the) real me, I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said late last year, to dispel the story that ...

Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls

World 02/12/19, 04:03

Baba Inuwa was pleased to move back to his vegetable farm in Nigeria's northeast, encouraged by the military's offensive against Boko Haram, the country's homegrown Islamic extremist rebels and by President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that the insurgency had been crushed."We thought all was over and Boko Haram can never return," ...

Nigeria denies judge’s suspension influenced by election

World 01/28/19, 17:32

Amid growing criticism, Nigeria's information minister denied on Monday that the president's recent suspension of the country's chief justice was related to the upcoming presidential elections.The suspension of Chief Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen had "nothing to do with the forthcoming elections" and did not "signify the onset of dictatorship ...

US, EU express concern after Nigeria chief justice suspended

World 01/26/19, 10:57

The United States, Britain and the European Union expressed concern on Saturday after Nigeria's president suspended the country's chief justice three weeks before the presidential election, with the U.S. warning it could "cast a pall" over the vote in Africa's most populous nation.President Muhammadu Buhari set off an uproar on ...

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari dies at 93

World 12/29/18, 06:59

Shehu Shagari, Nigeria's second president, whose civilian tenure was sandwiched between two military rulers in an era rocked by coups, has died. He was 93.Nigeria's current President Muhammadu Buhari, who unseated Shagari 35 years ago, said on Saturday he mourns "the departure of a patriot, who served Nigeria with humility, ...

Nigerian president says he’s alive, not an imposter

World 12/03/18, 08:56

Nigeria's president took the extraordinary step of denying rumors that he died and was replaced by a body double, telling the country that he is alive and well."It is the real me I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday to a group of Nigerians during a visit to Poland, ...

Nigeria tries to rally troops as extremists’ toll revealed

World 11/28/18, 16:04

Nigeria's military finally revealed a death toll of 39 from a new series of extremist attacks on soldiers, while President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that Boko Haram and Islamic State-linked fighters should be wiped "from the surface of the earth."Another 43 soldiers were wounded in five attacks between Nov. ...

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