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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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The new, weak fight for Nigeria's Biafra

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, has been refused bail on charges of treason and managing the affairs of an unlawful societyIn accordance with the wish of the Igbo people, Odumegwu Ojukwu declared an independent state in 1967. Many lives were lost in one of the bloodiest wars in the region. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nnamdi Kanu is leading the charge for an independent Biafra nation for the Igbos in a much-changed national environment.

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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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South Africa-Nigeria security: guns, sadza and plantain

Photos© All rights reservedOf all the grand plans minted by Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo during the golden years of the South Africa-Nigeria partnership, military cooperation has seen the least progress. On conflict resolution, the two sides rarely pull their weight together. They often divide their labour or differ fundamentally on strategy.

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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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Nigeria: Ex-oil minister, Diezani arrested

Diezani Alison-Madueke was oil minister during president Goodluck Jonathan's administrationNigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria's presidency circle and another with links to her family said.

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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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The Promises and Perils of Democracy in Africa

Eva M. Clayton. Photo©livingstongroupdc.comThe Obama Administration along with other American leadership, especially my former colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus, have a duty to the birthplace of humanity, writes Eva M. Clayton, former representative of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of North Carolina.

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Nigeria: Dangote's smooth landing

Photo©Benedicte Kurzen/NoorWith a new government in power, the business magnate is betting on his huge refinery and agriculture projects taking off. Meanwhile, Dangote Cement continues an expansion plan that has left others scrambling to catch up.

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Nigerian states owe $3.3 bn

Nigeria's states owe 658 billion naira ($3.3 billion) and one way out of the financial crisis could be for banks to extend loans to them to up to 20 years, Zamfara state governor said on Tuesday.

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A proud Nigerian for the first time

A few days before what has now been termed Nigeria's his- toric elections, my cousins who live and work in Abuja left the capital for our hometown, Osumenyi, in the east "forsafety".

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Hope after the Naija revolution

Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Photo©ReutersBuhari's test is to show he can run a democratic and multi- faith country at a time of polarisation elsewhere.

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Nigeria's Great Expectations

As with US President Obama, Buhari will have to juxtapose the desire for change with the realities of office. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAfter steamrolling to victory in the 28 March presidential election with 54% of the vote, General Buhari is promising to bring fundamental improvements to government and security.

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Nigeria: Fuel subsidy slashed following oil price slide

Photo©ReutersNigeria will slash petrol subsidies by 90 percent this year because government revenues have been hit by the slump in oil prices.

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Nigeria has already used half its annual borrowing allowance

Finance minister, Okonjo-Iweala had projected annual domestic borrowing last year would fall to below 500 billion naira from 577 billion naira in 2013. Photo©ReutersNigeria has already used half the borrowing allowance it has budgeted for and has not released any funds for capital expenditure so far this year, as lower oil prices eat into its revenues, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday.

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Nigeria's new president, the people's man?

Nigeria's president elect Muhammadu Buhari. Photo©ReutersNigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari will have his work cut out after his inauguration on May 29.

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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's defining moment

Impressed with his composed Jedi-like manner Nigerian social media has already dubbed him 'Jegai'. Photo©ReutersNigeria's electoral commission (INEC) chairperson Attahiru Jega was cool, calm and collected as he presided over the 2015 presidential election, which is being hailed as a historic moment for the troubled country.

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Nigeria awaits new president amid election headaches

Photo©ReutersLagos streets had never been as empty as on the day the country held presidential elections on 28 March.

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Foreign investors sold $667 million in Nigerian stocks over two months

Foreign investors sold off 132.68 billion naira ($667 million) in Nigerian stocks for the first two months of the year, data from the stock exchange showed on Thursday, hurt by a weaker naira currency and jitters over Saturday's elections.

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