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Cameroon Now Believes 13 Government Officials Kidnapped by Separatists

Cameroon is scrambling to locate more than a dozen government officials believed to have been kidnapped by separatists fighting for the independence of an oil-rich and long-disputed territory. Cameroon's government now believes 13 members of its government have been abducted by militants and possibly waylaid to neighboring Nigeria, where...

Nigerian Voter Registration Closes, Campaigning Begins

Campaigning is underway in Nigeria for April's nationwide vote after electoral officials wrapped up a month-long voter registration program.Nigeria's voter registration got off to a slow start with many electoral commission workers struggling to link computers, printers, digital cameras and fingerprint scanners to produce voter identification...

Nigeria Ruling Party Rejects Criticism of Campaign Launch

A leading member of the ruling Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed as unfounded media criticism of the party’s choice of Nasarawa State to begin its presidential campaign was aimed to “de-ethnicize” President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential bid. Party spokesman Rufai Ahmed Alkali also told VOA the choice had nothing to do with...

Nigerian Electoral Commission Set to Publish List of Candidates

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said his organization will publish this weekend a list of all candidates that will participate in the April presidential, parliamentary and state governorship elections. Nick Dazan, assistant director of public affairs of the INEC, also told VOA the electoral body will...

Multi-Drug Resistant TB Epidemic Imminent in Nigeria

An escalating number of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases in Nigeria is currently constituting a major source of worry. Medical experts have warned that the trend should be quickly checked in order to forestall what they describe as "imminent and total collapse of the efficacy of the available first-line drugs for TB treatment."...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Ghana Lawmakers Propose Salary Increases as Anti-Corruption Effort

Ghanaian lawmakers say they have found a novel way to curb corruption, by doubling their own pay. The proposal has provoked a debate in this West African country still searching for ways to manage its newfound oil wealth.The 2,000 Ghana cedis that the country's parliamentarians take home each month could buy you roundtrip airfare to London or Cape...

Nigerian Leaders Say Jos Violence Will Not Disrupt April Vote

Nigeria's government says continuing religious and ethnic violence in central regions will not disrupt nationwide elections in April.  At least 200 people have died in that violence, in the last month.  Most of the violence is centered on the Plateau State capital, Jos, where rival gangs of Christian and Muslim youths have engaged in revenge...

19 Suspects Arrested Over Borno Killings in Nigeria

Nineteen suspects, who police said have direct connection with the killing of Alhaji Modu Fannami Gubio, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) gubernatorial candidate in Borno State and six others, on Friday were yesterday arrested by the joint military/police task force and the State Security Service (SSS) in Maiduguri. "We have strongly...

Buildings Burn in Latest Central Nigeria Clashes

<!--IMAGE-->Witnesses report renewed violence in the Nigerian city of Jos, where authorities are trying to halt a wave of fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs.Residents say rioters set fire to at least two fuel stations and a number of cars and buildings Saturday.Witnesses say as many as 15 people were killed in the violence, though...

President Obama Gets Mixed Reviews on Africa

Halfway into his four-year term, President Obama is placing attention on creating jobs in the United States, defeating Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and looking for ways to deal with a growing U.S. budget deficit.  But Africa analysts say he is also trying his best to help improve governance and democracy on the African continent...

Nigeria Electoral Commission to Assess Voter Registration

A senior official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) told VOA the commission will meet Tuesday to review the “performance” of the ongoing voter registration process ahead of the upcoming April general elections. Nick Dazan, deputy director for public affairs, said Nigerians have so far responded positively to the ongoing...

Governments of Some African Nations Among World's Most Abusive

In the annual report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch, several African nations were cited for their alleged human rights abuses. Among those on the list of the organization's most abusive countries are Congo and Zimbabwe. The report also complained about what it called the "soft" approach Western nations have taken toward "...

Nigeria Wants UN Backing for Military Intervention in Ivory Coast

Nigeria wants United Nations backing for a regional intervention force to remove Ivory Coast's incumbent president in favor of the internationally-recognized winner of November's vote.  Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia says the threat by West African leaders to use force to remove incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo needs "...

Kenya Wins African Support to Defer ICC Prosecutions

Several African countries are backing Kenya’s bid to have the International Criminal Court suspend prosecutions of six prominent figures accused of fomenting post 2007 election violence. A resolution of support is expected to win approval at next week’s African Union summit.Kenya’s Vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka stopped in Addis Ababa Friday at...