Leader of Nigeria's ruling APC party criticises petroleum minister

The national leader of Nigeria's ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has criticised the minister of state for petroleum over comments made about fuel shortages that have gripped Africa's biggest oil producer.

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Bayelsa – Nigeria's bellwether state

After a violent, disrupted election Dickson prevailed. Photo©Gov Dickson official blogThe January victory for the PDP shows that the former ruling party can still be a potent force.

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Nigeria Country Profile 2015: Harnessing optimism against despair

altNotwithstanding the country's extraordinary challenges, a general wave of optimism seems to hold sway among
Nigerians at home and abroad.

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Nigeria/South Africa: Breaking the cycle

Photos© PhotoMontage TAR; Matthieu Spohn/Corbis ; Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Getty images; Getty images; SIPAWith a Nigerian at the head of the AfDB and a South African representing the AU, never has the time been riper for South Africa and Nigeria to forgive past disagreements and lead the continent towards greater cooperation

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Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

altThere was no blitz. The days of waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari extended into weeks.

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Nigeria's cabinet delayed as clean up continues

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's election campaign was centered on his ability to check corruption. Photo©ReutersNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari plans to delay the appointment of his Cabinet until September so that he can carry out a thorough vetting exercise as he tries to form a corruption free government.

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Team Buhari: choosing who to lead Nigeria

It has been a simple truth trotted out in recent years in Nigeria: if the opposition could federate into a national party instead of staying divided by region, it could take on the ruling PDP.

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Nigeria's real security vote

ahead of the 28 March elections, Nigerian troops have recaptured areas from Boko Haram in the troubled north-east, following a series of strikes aided by Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Photo©STR/AP/SIPAAfter years of little progress against Boko Haram, Nigeria's military – with the help of regional allies – has launched its most important offensive ahead of polls.

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Nigerians complete party power overhaul

Nigeria's main opposition has won a number of States in elections for governors, shortly after winning the presidential elections.

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Nigeria: The men behind the money

Nigerian elections demand big bucks, and many in industry stand to gain. But despite the ostentatious televised giving sprees and cheerleader consortiums, President Jonathan may still find he's scraping the bottom of the (oil) barrel for the funding he needs.

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Nigeria: High stakes in key states vote

Lagos’s Babatunde Fashola (right, with Goodluck Jonathan) must name a successor. Photo©Akintunde Akinleye/ReutersAs partisan, personal and religious rivalries grow, the two main parties are heading towards state elections that will be as closely fought as the presidential vote.

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Regional security will play its part in Nigeria's presidential contest

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. Photo©ReutersWhatever the outcome, national elections due in Nigeria in February will dominate the region's political calendar.

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan will face former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari in next year's presidential elections in a repeat of the 2011 contest.

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Nigeria: Tension mounts after opposition raids

Tension is mounting between the Nigerian police and the country's main opposition party following allegations of attempted rigging ahead of next year's elections.

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Nigeria's game of thrones

Photo© Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters/Photo Montage: Christian Kasongo for TARVeteran politicians regard national elections as monumental, epoch-changing events, often reaching into history for parallels such as power struggles in the Yoruba kingdoms or Shakespeare's history plays. This time they are not exaggerating, judging by the build up to the Nigerian elections due next February.

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Nigeria: What happens after the elections in 2015?

Nigerians are bracing for three possible scenarios as the west African country gets ready to hit the polls in February 2015.

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Nigeria opposition divided on candidacy

Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigerian military ruler wants a consensus candidacy. Photo©ReutersNigeria's opposition party, the All People's Congress (APC), is entangled in an internal clash over the selection of a presidential candidate ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.

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Nigeria's litmus test poll

Governor Kayode Fayemi (APC) goes for the thinking man’s vote. Photo©Ehi EmhonyonWith a contentious past, and vocal in its criticism of President Jonathan's government, there is more at stake in Ekiti State than just the governor's seat. The Africa Report goes on the campaign trail.

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Nigeria: We are not a nation yet - Governor Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti StateGovernor of Ekiti State and incumbent candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, spoke to The Africa Report on a Saturday morning in Ado-Ekiti, on the same day President Goodluck Jonathan was due in town to appear at a campaign rally for Fayemi's leading challenger, Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was two weeks to the June 21 governorship elections that will decide whether Fayemi gets a second term in office. It was also one week to the June 13 and 14 APC National Convention at which the party's first set of elected executives would be chosen.

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Nigeria: Beyond Boko Haram

Boko Haram is picking on soft targets, with civilians bearing the brunt. Photo©ReutersThe west African country's opposition proposes solutions to the Islamist insurgency.

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