Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Nigerians who went to the polls in droves on Saturday now are waiting for the results of the postponed presidential contest between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition challenger among dozens of candidates in the race. They did so as the threat of electoral violence continued to rise….

Nigeria’s PDP blasts Buhari over election interference threat

Nigeria’s PDP blasts Buhari over election interference threat

President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for those who might derail the Nigerian presidential election rescheduled for Saturday, including leaders at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who gave just six hours’ notice at the weekend that the polls would remain closed. What really concerned observers and prompted outcry from…

Nigeria: At least 14 reported dead in Buhari rally stampede

Nigeria: At least 14 reported dead in Buhari rally stampede

At least 14 people have died following a stampede at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. Nigerian media outlets including The Nation report the deaths are confirmed by a media spokesman for the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), where many of the victims were taken….

Nigerian opposition outraged as Buhari defends judge suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice on the grounds of corruption, but the decision ahead of February 16 elections has raised alarm over the motive. Justice Walter Onnoghen would rule on any election-related legal challenge confronting Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party,…

Nigeria, South Africa send condolences over Indonesia quake-tsunami

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria joined world leaders on Saturday in extending their condolences to President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian people following the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck the nation Friday night. The death toll reached 420 on Saturday, as officials and aid workers continued rescue efforts on…

Cameroon’s Biya, Nigerian Buhari head to FOCAC

President Paul Biya of Cameroon met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday as African heads of state continue to arrive in Beijing ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. Biya said he stressed Cameroon’s support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global economic strategy at the…

Nigeria’s Buhari says world needs ICC now more than ever

President Muhammadu Buhari praised the role of the International Criminal Court as a catalyst for a culture of justice around the world, while recommitting Nigeria to the court’s goals during a keynote speech delivered Tuesday at the ICC 20th anniversary commemoration in The Hague. “As we know, the International Criminal…

Buhari set to deliver ICC anniversary keynote in The Hague

President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver a keynote speech Tuesday in The Hague as the International Criminal Court marks its 20th anniversary. Buhari is the only African president to attend the invitation-only event, which will be broadcast live on the ICC website and Facebook. “President Buhari will share his thoughts on…

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the official sighting of the moon on Thursday, and said the Eid Al-Fitr celebration will begin Friday for Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and a host of countries. South Africa also is among nations observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is…

Buhari visit to Morocco puts focus on Nigeria’s fertilizer industry

President Muhammadu Buhari begins a two-day visit to Morocco on Sunday, and will meet with King Mohammed VI to discuss economic partnerships between the two nations. The leaders will focus on strengthening existing agreements on the fertilizer industry, as well as education cooperation, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project and establishing…

Buhari again heads to London for medical care

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is in London for medical treatment again, this time for a four-day stay that would bring him back to Abuja on Saturday. The trip raised new concerns over Buhari’s health, which come as the 75-year-old president plans a run for re-election in 2019. He announced the…