Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

Mar 30, 2015

Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

Nigeria counted ballots in a closely fought general election Sunday after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a stiff challenge from ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Despite violence linked to Boko Haram militants and sporadic ...

Nigeria president visits site of Boko Haram massacre

Feb 27, 2015

Nigeria president visits site of Boko Haram massacre

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the town of Baga where Boko Haram Islamists are accused of slaughtering hundreds of people last month in the group’s worst-ever massacre. “I wen t… to visit communities devastated by the excesses of Boko Haram,” Jonathan told ...

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Feb 8, 2015

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria and its four bordering countries announced plans Saturday to deploy an 8,750-strong force by next month to combat the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram. Details of the proposed deployment were revealed at the end of a three-day meeting in Cameroon in ...

Nigerian leader escapes blast at campaign rally

Feb 3, 2015

Nigerian leader escapes blast at campaign rally

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday escaped a suspected suicide bomb blast after he left a campaign rally in northeast Nigeria, as the country braced for fresh Boko Haram attacks before polling day. The head of state had been addressing supporters of his ruling Peoples ...

Feb 1, 2015

Boko Haram launches new assault on key Nigerian city of Maiduguri

Boko Haram fighters on Sunday launched a fresh attempt to take over the strategically crucial northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a brazen attack on a state capital just two weeks before national elections. Four residents said the fighting began at roughly 3 a.m. with ...

Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

Oct 21, 2014

Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

There was cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country’s Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria’s federal government has not yet provided ...

Jul 23, 2014

Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet Nigerian president

President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity “are brought out alive,” ...