Newly elected Nigeria leader was former dictator

Apr 1, 2015

Newly elected Nigeria leader was former dictator

Nigeria’s next president, the first opposition candidate to unseat a democratically elected president in the country’s history, also knows how to take power through other means. On Dec. 31, 1983, the military mounted a coup and Muhammadu Buhari, then a major general, became the ...

Cliffhanger in early returns from Nigeria presidential vote

Mar 31, 2015

Cliffhanger in early returns from Nigeria presidential vote

In a cliffhanger of an election, early returns Monday night from half the states showed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The U.S. and Britain warned of “disturbing indications” that the tally could be subject to political interference. ...

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 ...

Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram: Niger minister

Mar 27, 2015

Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram: Niger minister

Chad and Niger troops have recaptured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gachagar from Boko Haram, as part of a regional offensive to combat the Islamist insurgents, Niger’s defense minister said on Thursday. The operation in Gachagar, a town near Nigeria’s border with Niger, was ...

Chadian helicopters bomb Boko Haram on Nigeria-Niger border

Mar 23, 2015

Chadian helicopters bomb Boko Haram on Nigeria-Niger border

Two Chadian army helicopters bombed Nigerian Boko Haram positions on Sunday, killing several dozen militants near a village on the border with Niger, a senior Niger military official told Reuters. Niger and Chadian soldiers have been fighting the Islamist militants in a joint mission ...