Tag: Nigeria

Nigeria politics: North and south

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Goodluck Jonathan has announced that he will after all stand in next January’s presidential polls. While Mr Jonathan has seen his popularity rise in his brief period in power this is a high-risk strategy which…

Nigeria Politics

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Goodluck Jonathan is under mounting pressure to state whether or not he will seek the nomination of the ruling People’s Democratic Party for forthcoming presidential polls. The decision on whether to seek re-election is a…

Nigeria politics: Fast-forward?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The Nigerian Senate has voted to bring forward elections by three months. This cuts the time available to introduce vital electoral reforms, and increases the pressure on the ruling party and incumbent president to clarify…

Former Nigerian military ruler to run for president

Babangida, 68, seized power in the OPEC member state in August 1985 and went on to rule Africa’s most populous nation for nearly eight years. He was forced to step down in 1993 after he canceled an election that was…

Nigeria/Terrorism: JTF warned about a planned attack on Shell facilities

Timothy Antigha, the military spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the oil rich Niger Delta region on Sunday issued a statement where he disclosed information about possible attack on oil facilities of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the region.…

4 killed in fresh clash between militants and soldiers in Nigeria

Four people, including a soldier, were killed in a gun battle between Niger Delta oil militants and military personnel on Tuesday in the Yenagoa council of Bayelsa State. According to military sources, the fighting erupted after soldiers tried to restore peace between militants and…

Nigeria’s North and South Divide

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The transfer of power to Nigeria’s vice-president has eased immediate concerns about a power vacuum in the country, but there is still plenty of potential for political acrimony–and delays in policymaking.

Al-Qaeda offers to train, arm Nigerians: SITE

DUBAI: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) leader has offered to train and supply Nigerian Muslims to carry out “violent jihad,” in an Internet message, US-monitoring agency SITE said on Tuesday.