Nigeria shuts boarding schools after 317 girls abducted in Zamfara

Boarding schools in Nigeria’s Zamfara and Kano states were closed indefinitely on Friday, in order to protect vulnerable sites following the abduction of 317 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe. “As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security,” said the…

Nigerian officials confirm release of 344 abducted students

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed late Thursday that students abducted by Boko Haram last week have been released, calling it a huge relief for the country and the international community. The students were taken from the Government Science Secondary School in the northern town of Kankara in Katsina State. Aminu…

African leaders welcome Ramadan with caution over COVID-19

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria was among African leaders who welcomed the holy month of Ramadan late Thursday, while cautioning that this year’s observance must be held with precautions because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Buhari’s remarks followed the sighting of the moon that marks the beginning of the 30-day…

Kenyatta talks investment in Saudi Arabia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to renew the historic investment interest in African economies, one that dated back to the ancient days of maritime trade depending on dhows and monsoon winds. “Here we…

Russia-Africa Forum begins in Sochi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Russian host and counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, will speak Wednesday as the Russia-Africa Forum formally gets under way in the Black Sea city of Sochi. About four dozen African leaders and high-level government officials are attending the summit and forum, from Nigerian President…

Buhari in South Africa for three-day state visit

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is in South Africa for a three-day official visit, where he will meet with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa. Buhari’s plane touched down Wednesday evening at the South African military airbase in Waterkloof, according to a statement from the Nigerian presidency. The two…

Buhari’s UK trip raises new questions about his health

There’s already new speculation in Nigeria about President Muhammadu Buhari, who left on Thursday for a 10-day private trip to the United Kingdom – the country where he’s twice had extended visits while seeking medical care. Buhari spokesman Femi Adesina announced the travels would follow Buhari’s visit to Nigerians in…

Nigeria’s INEC details voting irregularities, electoral violence

Nigeria’s electoral commission issued a troubling report Friday, describing challenges encountered during the February 23 election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari win a second term. The press release from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that some regions prevented from voting because of electoral violence, or sending in returns,…