Nigeria: Has President Buhari lost control?
18 June 2021 | 7:40 am
Government crackdowns on increasingly violent protests and a blanket Twitter ban suggest weakness at the top, while citizens face rising terrorism and kidnappings. Conflict Zone meets Abuja's ambassador to Germany.
Africa’s most populous nation has quietly lost almost 10% of its tree cover over the past two decades - leaving those who depend on it for their livelihoods, like logger Egbontoluwa Marigi, fearing for the future. Nyancho Nwanri reports.
A deadly attack on churchgoers has highlighted the failure of Nigeria's leaders to end the conflicts wracking the country. As campaigning gears up ahead of elections in February 2023, the violence could worsen.
Working moms in Nigeria say they are being forced back to work too early, risking their and their babies' health.
Eleven passengers seized by gunmen during an attack on a train in northern Nigeria have been freed, though dozens are thought to remain in captivity.
Joe Biden is set to travel to Israel on July 13 before heading to the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia. The trip's announcement comes despite pledges to side-line the "pariah" Saudi state.
The maiden edition of the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) Awards treated winners and guests to a delightful evening on the 9th of June at NOK by Alara, Lagos. The awards celebrated and recognised people who have contributed massively to the healthcare sector in Nigeria and revealed the continued efforts of the NSSF to provide better healthcare in Nigeria.
Burkina Faso's leader, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba traveled to Seytenga on Wenesday to visit people who survived an attack that reportedly killed over 100 people over the weekend. Soldiers have recovered 79 bodies so far after the attack in the northern Seno province, the government said on Tuesday, as new details of the assault emerged.
Hundreds demonstrated in Tunis on Sunday (June 19) in a second day of protest against a constitutional referendum called by President Kais Saied that his opponents say would cement his hold on power. The demonstration was organized by the Salvation Front, a coalition including the moderate Islamist Ennahda, the largest party in a parliament that Saied dissolved in March.
Marcos Jr. has given himself the position of secretary of agriculture ahead of taking his presidential office and amid prohibitively high global prices. The Philippines is heavily reliant on importing its staple — rice.
Nigerian stakeholder discuss the potential effects of a draft regulation that requires online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tiktok to register and open offices in Nigeria and appoint contact persons with the government's information technology development agency.
Several cities in the country were thrown into darkness on Sunday, June 12 2022, following the collapse of the national grid for the sixth time in 2022. Here is how multiple national grid collapse is paralysing business activities in Nigeria.
French politics continues to dominate the papers as Emmanuel Macron desperately seeks an alliance to secure a parliamentary majority. The US Senate finds bipartisan support for new gun possession laws for the first time in 30 years. Organisers of the Miss France beauty pageant introduce radical new changes to shake up the contest. Finally, a man escapes his kidnappers by driving erratically on a highway in order to be stopped by authorities.
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