Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced plans Monday to run for a second presidential term in the 2019 elections, a much-anticipated decision amid concerns over the 75-year-old Buhari’s health and fitness for office. Buhari made the decision public ahead of his departure for the UK on Monday, where he plans to meet…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Africa’s oldest boat set for exhibit in Nigeria

After years of restoration work, Africa’s oldest boat will soon go on display. Nigerian Minister Mohammed Abare said this week that an 8,500-year-old canoe, found near the village of Dufuna some 30 years ago, is in the final stages of preparation before it goes on exhibit. It has been kept…

Guardian posts graphic Cambridge Analytica video targeting Buhari

The Guardian has published a disturbing video, used by Cambridge Analytica (CA) and its AggregateIQ (AIQ) affiliate, to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 in favor of Goodluck Jonathan by portraying President Muhammadu Buharu as an extremist Muslim threat to the nation’s future. The video provided by former CA…

Buhari on Dapchi girl: ‘Leah will not be abandoned’

Authorities in Nigeria say they are working to secure the release of the last remaining student abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in February, who was not released with more than 100 of the Dapchi girls who returned early Wednesday morning. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet…

Nigeria: Freed Dapchi girls get medical care, head for Maiduguri

In Nigeria, the released Dapchi girls left Damaturu in midafternoon Wednesday, continuing their 135-kilometer journey to Maiduguri as part of a heavily secured military convoy. Nigerian state radio said the girls abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in February were first seen at Dapchi General Hospital before being…

Nigeria sees progress as Lassa fever outbreak slows

As Nigeria deals with the worst outbreak of Lassa fever on record, medical professionals at Irrua in Edo state – the epicenter of the emergency – are dealing with high caseloads and long hours. At least 365 cases of the highly fatal hemorrhagic disease have been recorded across the West…

Leaving Kenya, Tillerson heads for Chad, Nigeria

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson headed to Chad and Nigeria on Monday, resuming his tour of African nations after briefly falling ill at the weekend while in Kenya. While in N’Djamena, Tillerson was expected to focus on counterterrorism efforts in West Africa, where Chad plays a key role…

Nigeria: Rann aid workers pull out after Boko Haram attack

International humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has pulled out of its medical operations in Rann, Nigeria, following last week’s violent attack on humanitarian aid workers. The group said it evacuated 22 national and international staff following the deaths of at least four aid workers killed during an attack…

Nigerian forces ramp up effort to find 110 missing Dapchi girls

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said Sunday it is expanding efforts to locate more than 100 missing girls abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi last week. Spokesman Olatokunbo Adesanya said additional air assets including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopters were deployed to Yobe…