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Riots Break Out in Northern Nigeria As President Declared Winner

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won a presidential election with results being reported in all 36 states, as riots broke out in the mainly Muslim north to protest the outcome.Election officials announced Monday that Mr. Jonathan received million 22,495,187 votes in Saturday's polls, nearly twice the number of his main challenger, former...

Scientists Work to Prevent Cameroonian Lake from Exploding

Lake Nyos sits on the flank of an extinct volcano in Cameroon's remote northwest. It’s a crater lake, 200 meters deep, located along an area of volcanic activity stretching southwest to Mt Cameroon. The lake is both beloved and feared. Beloved, because of its beauty and because it sits on ancestral land. Feared; because 25 years ago it brought...

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's Jonathan Secures Unbeatable Poll Lead; Riots Erupt

Election results in Nigeria show President Goodluck Jonathan has secured an unbeatable lead in the presidential race, sparking protests and allegations of vote-rigging in the northern part of the country.Jonathan's victory became virtually certain after all but five of the 36 states released their results on Monday. There were not enough...

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...

Reports Positive from Nigerian Presidential Vote

Initial reports indicate the voting has gone well in Nigeria's presidential poll, in contrast to a number of previous contests marred by violence and fraud.Observers said voters turned out in large numbers Saturday to elect incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan to his first full term or one of two main challengers.  Mr. Jonathan assumed the...

Nigerians Vote in Presidential Elections

Nigerians are voting Saturday in elections President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win.Security is tight at polling stations across the country.  Two explosions in the northeastern city Maiduguri early Saturday heightened concerns but caused no injuries.Mr. Jonathan faces two main challengers who failed to form an alliance in a last-minute bid...

Nigeria Poised to Elect President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win a presidential poll in Africa's most populous nation on Saturday.Jonathan faces two main challengers who failed to form an alliance in a last-minute bid to force a run-off.President Jonathan's top rival is former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, followed by challenger Nuhu Ribadu, a former...

Nigeria Closes Borders, Tightens Security before Presidential Vote

-- Nigeria holds its presidential elections Saturday and security is tight throughout the country. The military has a strong presence and is ready to help police in the event of any election violence. Nigeria has closed its borders with neighboring countries in advance of the vote. Nigeria shares ethnic groups with some of its neighbors, resulting...

Nigerian Diaspora Seeks Credible Elections Using Social Media

Social media powered civil society groups and the Nigerian diaspora are trying to help make the country’s ongoing election process credible. Election analysts are impressed, saying such efforts will help democracy establish itself across Africa.A video posted on the YouTube video site Thursday showed alleged rigging by election officials during...

Nigeria’s Electoral Commission Amends Voting Process

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] has made what it calls “slight amendments” to the election process to help ensure it’s free and fair. The changes come as Nigerians prepare to go to the polls on Saturday to elect a president. INEC has directed that the results of each polling unit be displayed immediately after the vote...

Nigeria Gets Set for Presidential Vote

Nigerians vote for president Saturday as Africa's most populous nation seeks to end its history of flawed elections.President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) is favored to win.  However his top rivals are reported to be considering an alliance that could force a run-off.Officials say talks have been held between the...

Economic Issues Key in Nigerian Presidential Vote

After voting in parliamentary elections last weekend, Nigerians will once again head to the polls this Saturday.  This time around, the people of Africa's most populous country are getting ready to choose their next president. A campaign rally in Lagos, the capital - this one in support of Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of one of the main opposition...

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...