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Nigerian President Will Not Face Main Rivals at Final Debate

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday takes part in the final presidential debate ahead of three weeks of nationwide elections. But he will not be facing his biggest rivals, who are boycotting the event because Jonathan refused to take part in an earlier debate. President Jonathan will not be facing his biggest rivals in this debate...

Nigeria Begins National Elections Saturday with Senate Races

Nigeria’s national elections begin Saturday with the senatorial races. They kick off more than three weeks of voting, including the presidential and governorship races in 36 states. Despite some problems leading up to the vote, candidates and the electorate are looking forward to it, says Hope Uzodinma of the ruling PDP, a candidate for the Senate...

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...

Uganda, Burundi Pledge Additional 4,000 Troops in Somalia

As pro-government troops continue their push to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, Uganda and Burundi have pledged additional troops to reinforce the African Union peacekeeping mission.It has been slightly more than a month since the Somali government launched an offensive against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-...

Nigerian Electoral Official to Discuss Election With Governors

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the chairman of the electoral body is scheduled to address the country’s governor’s forum Monday, ahead of April’s presidential, parliamentary and state governorship elections. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral chief will focus...

UN Security Council Considers New Measures to End Ivory Coast Violence

The U.N. Security Council is considering tough new measures to press Ivory Coast’s incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to end months of post-election violence and finally transfer power to his rival Alassane Ouattara, who won the November presidential election. The U.N. Security Council has repeatedly expressed concern over attacks against...

Nigerian Youths Call on Political Parties to Adopt Pro-Youth Programs

In Nigeria, some youth groups say candidates at all levels of government are not addressing issues of concern to young people. The ruling PDP and the opposition AC say they have programs that will improve the lives of young people if they get into power. But the National Association of Nigerian Students [NANS] says the claim is a ploy to get the...

Civil Society Groups Urge Urgent Action on Ivory Coast

A coalition of 32 international and African civil society organizations says greater measures are urgently needed to protect civilians and meet fundamental humanitarian needs in Ivory Coast. In a report released Friday, the group says the humanitarian situation caused by the ongoing conflict in Ivory Coast has reached a critical level. Philippe...

Analyst: ECOWAS Should Not Abdicate Responsibility on Ivory Coast

A Nigerian university professor says West African leaders should not abdicate their responsibility on the situation in Ivory Coast. This comes as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday called on the United Nations to take what he called "serious steps" to help resolve the political crisis in Ivory Coast. The Economic Community of West...

Nigerian Officials Aim for Credible Elections

Nigeria is preparing for nationwide elections that will be watched to see if officials can avoid a repeat of the chaos and fraud that marred the 2007 polls. Voters will cast ballots on three consecutive Saturdays starting April 2 to elect members of parliament, a president and 36 state governors.The head of the country's electoral commission,...

Election Violence Leaves 12 Dead in Nigerian Akwa Ibom State

Nigerian authorities says more than a dozen people have been killed in a fight between supporters of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP] and the opposition Action Congress [AC] during a political rally in the southern state of Akwa Ibom. Police also reported extensive property damage, including the burning of several gas stations and homes...

Several African Leaders Criticize Air Attacks in Libya

South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the Western-led bombings of Libyan military installations must not target civilians. Zuma was one of several African leaders who criticized the bombings, which were meant to establish a no-fly zone in Libyan air space. South African President Jacob Zuma called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya...

Nigerian Government Partners With US Firm to Develop Federal Capital Territory of Abuja

A top Nigerian official is in the United States to reassure the international community that next month’s election will be free, fair and credible. The minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, also says his government will continue an investor-friendly economy to provide more jobs to young Nigerians. The ...

Benin Court Confirms President's Re-election

Benin's constitutional court has confirmed the re-election of President Boni Yayi in this month's presidential poll, despite accusations of fraud by opposition leader, Adrien Houngbedji, who also claimed to have won the poll.The court has certified the results of the country's March 13 election, declaring incumbent President Boni Yayi the winner...

Explosion Rocks Troubled Nigerian City

An explosion has struck a central Nigerian city plagued by chronic religious and ethnic violence.Witnesses in the city of Jos say the blast went off Sunday morning near a church.  Authorities blocked off the area but smoke could be seen rising from the neighborhood.There was no immediate word on casualties.Jos has experienced years of sectarian...