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Nigerian Opposition Candidate Disputes Vote, Urges Calm

Defeated Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari is continuing to dispute the validity of the vote, while urging calm following deadly riots in the north.Buhari told VOA's Hausa service Wednesday there were no elections in the country's Niger Delta region and the southeast, and that his supporters were not allowed to vote.  But he called...

South Africa Plans More Charges Against Terror Suspect

Prosecutors in South Africa have announced plans to file more charges against Henry Okah, the alleged mastermind of a deadly bombing in Nigeria last year. News reports on Tuesday quote prosecutor Shaun Abrahams as saying the additional charges relate to a March 2010 bombing in the southern Nigerian city of Warri. Abrahams says Okah will be charged...

Carter Center in Final Push to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

As Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country’s independence will energize the campaign against the parasite. The end of Guinea WormIts official name is Dracunculiasis. For those stricken, it is a painful experience, particularly when...

Nigeria ‘Likely’ to Declare Winner of Presidential Vote Monday

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the chairman of the electoral body is likely to officially announce the outcome of the presidential election Monday. Nick Dazan, INEC’s assistant director of public affairs, says preliminary reports of some observers who monitored Saturday’s presidential election...

North-South Divide in Nigeria's Presidential Election

Early results from Nigeria's presidential election show sharp divides between the mainly Muslim north and mostly Christian south.Results from Saturday's presidential election appear to be split between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.President Jonathan - a Christian from the oil-producing Niger Delta - was...

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

WFP Airlifts Life-Saving Food to Thousands in Ivory Coast

The World Food Program says it is airlifting life-saving food aid to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Ivory Coast and Ivorian refugees in neighboring Liberia.  The U.N. agency is also airlifting non-food items, such as telecommunications equipment and medicines supplied by other aid agencies.  WFP says airlifts are very costly...

Nigerian Opposition Parties Make Senate Gains

In Nigeria, results from the weekend senate elections bring encouraging news for opposition parties, which made gains at the expense of the ruling People’s Democratic Party [PDP]. Some prominent senators failed in their bid to win re-election, including the speaker of the House of Representatives. Senate polls were held in about 85 percent of the...

Nigeria Strives To Avoid Further Election Violence

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body will continue working with all security agencies in effort to prevent future violence in the run up to the presidential vote scheduled for Saturday. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral body regrets the bomb...

Cameroon-Nigeria Border Demarcation Due to be Finished Next Year

An agreement between Cameroon and its western neighbor, Nigeria, is serving as a model for the peaceful resolution of border disputes. The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was created a decade ago to map out the boundary between the two countries. It consists of representatives from Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations. The commission says it...

Agency Appeals for More Money For Migrants Fleeing Libya

The International Organization for Migration is appealing for nearly $160 million to continue assisting migrants who are fleeing the Libyan crisis.  It says thousands of migrants are stranded at Libya’s border with Tunisia and Egypt desperate to return home.  This is the third appeal IOM has launched since the Libyan crisis began in late February...

Nigeria Electoral Body 'Very Prepared' For Saturday’s Vote

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body is set and fully prepared to organize the National Assembly elections throughout the country Saturday. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral body has corrected the “mistakes of the past” and has been proactive in...

Libya Conflict Could Create Crisis to the South, Analysts Say

Libya's southern neighbors appear ill-equipped to deal with the wave of refugees, mercenaries, and unemployed men that analysts fear is likely to come from the fighting in Libya.  The Niger desert town of Dirkou sits more than 1,600 kilometers due south of Libya's coastline where rebels are fighting with Western support to oust Libyan leader...

Niger Airs Concerns Over West's Libya Intervention

Civil society groups in Niger are speaking out against the Western-backed military intervention against its northern neighbor Libya and the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi, where fighting between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels has caused thousands of refugees to flood across its border. Niger's government has yet to take an official position on...

Nigerian Candidates Challenged to Improve Human Rights

Election observers are arriving in Nigeria to monitor three weeks of voting for new lawmakers, governors, and a president for Africa's most populous nation. Human Rights Watch says those candidates have not spent enough time addressing issues of communal violence and corruption.Human Rights Watch says those elected must address what it calls...