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Nigeria Closes All Land Borders Ahead of Tuesday’s Gubernatorial Elections

Nigeria’s government has stepped up security in the southeast and closed all land borders ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Tension remains high as opposition parties continue to accuse the ruling People’s Democratic Party [PDP] of rigging the presidential election held on April 16th. The PDP denies the charge, but the opposition says it...

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Abuses in Nigeria

Human Rights Watch wants Nigerian leaders to ensure that security forces act responsibly in stopping post-electoral violence. Supporters of a former military ruler have clashed with riot police in protests against the election of President Goodluck Jonathan. President Jonathan is sending more security forces to some northern states where Muslim...

Warning Signs Gather Over Ghana's Oil Fields

While Ghana has just started making money from  its offshore oil, civil society advocates and economists are warning not enough is being done to make sure oil wealth is a benefit and not a curse to Ghanaians.  At a Washington event late Thursday, they said Ghana's government needs to have more planning and transparency to avoid a repeat of the...

Senegal Tests Controversial Maternal Health Drug

A controversial drug that can save women from bleeding to death after delivery has shown promising results in trials conducted in Senegal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1,000 women die each day during complications with pregnancy and childbirth. WHO research shows 99 percent of these cases occur in developing...

Nigeria's Latest Election Signals Possible Turnaround

Nigeria may be able to polish its reputation and assume a wider on role the global stage if its upcoming gubernatorial polls are as seemingly free and fair as last week's presidential election, analysts say. This oil-exporting country of 154 million people has long enjoyed the money and manpower to dominate its continent, and some analysts expect...

Nigerian Opposition Accuses Ruling Party of Harassment

In Nigeria, tension is rising in the southeastern state of Imo, where several opposition party members have been arrested or abducted. The opposition blames the state government, but authorities deny the charges. The alleged harassment comes just days before Nigeria holds elections for state governors. The opposition is quoted as saying its...

Nigerian President Calls Out More Security Forces

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is calling out more security forces to stop rioting that has followed his election. The president's leading challenger says that vote was rigged.President Jonathan says calm is being restored to troubled parts of northern Nigeria where political violence is displacing thousands of civilians. He says Tuesday's...

International Election Observer Declares Nigeria Presidential Vote Credible

The leader of an observer mission at last weekend’s presidential election in Nigeria says the vote was largely free and fair. It was a significant improvement over the 2007 general elections, said Robin Carnahan of the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute [NDI], and the secretary of state of the U.S. state of Missouri. Most observers described...

Nigeria Gubernatorial Races Hold Key to Presidential Power

Next Tuesday, Nigeria holds elections for state governors. The outcome could determine how effective President Goodluck Jonathan will be over the next four years. Governors are key to presidential power. In a sense, they are as powerful as the president within their states. If the president and most of the governors are from the same party, Mr....

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...

Nigeria's Elections Get Mixed Reviews

Nigeria's ongoing election cycle has gotten mixed reviews from a panel of experts and Nigerian officials in Washington.  Concerns were raised about widespread violence and the fairness of the vote counting. While most experts and officials at the Atlantic Council Washington conference Tuesday said the elections so far were credible, Nasir Ahmad El...

Social Media Play Big Role in Nigeria’s Elections

A vibrant and tech savvy youth population is influencing the electoral process in Nigeria. The oil-producing West African nation is holding much anticipated legislative, presidential and gubernatorial elections this month. With the growing penetration of Internet and telephone technology, the electorate has embraced social media platforms that are...

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...

Jonathan Calls for End to Post-Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called for an end to violence in the country's mainly Muslim north following his presidential election victory.In a speech late Monday, Jonathan urged national unity and said no one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.The Red Cross says many people were killed and thousands displaced...

Nigerian Opposition Demands Forensic Analysis of Presidential Poll

Officials with Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] announced this evening that President Goodluck Jonathan had prevailed over his main rival, General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change [CPC]. But the party’s Secretary General is demanding a “forensic audit” of last Saturday’s presidential election saying...