President Goodluck Jonathan

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Photos© All rights reserved A photographer – one who found himself accidentally on purpose at the back of a room booked by South Africa's delegation at the AU's Addis Ababa headquarters in January 2012 – emerged with an instructive vignette about regional relations.

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Nigeria: Dominant Party cracking down on renegades

Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been accused of using institutions such as the police to silence officials behind a breakaway faction challenging President Goodluck Jonathan's second term ambitions.

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Nigeria: Vigilantes join in the war against terrorism

A state of emergency was declared in three northern eastern states on 14 MayThe war on terror starring the Nigerian military versus members of extreme Islamist group Boko Haram has taken a new twist, as a youthful vigilante arises to combat Boko Haram.

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South Africa: We are not punching above our weight - Ebrahim

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation/Photo©AFPWhen Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, talks about his country's foreign policy it's almost an echo chamber for the views of President Jacob Zuma himself.

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Nigeria: Government winning war on terror

Nigerian officials say soldiers have been sent out to secure towns and villagesThe Nigerian government says it is winning the war against the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram with captured fighters allegedly volunteering information about their operations.

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Nigeria declares war on Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says Boko Haram's violent The Nigerian government has acknowledged it is at war with extreme Islamists group, Boko Haram, declaring the outfit as a rebellion with an allegiance to a flag other than the Nigerian flag.

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Nigeria's reforms chug along, sometimes stall

Toot, toot! President Goodluck Jonathan kept his promise to invest fuel subsidy money into roads and rail – and got a cement train named after him/Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPThe Nigerian government is pressing on with renewal in all transport sectors with varying degrees of success.

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South Africa and Nigeria cement political and economic ties

Jonathan is on his first official State visit to South Africa since he took office in 2011/Photo©ReutersNigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma have met in a move to strengthen relations between Africa's two economic giants.

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Nigerian opposition lambasts President Jonathan over violence

Residents gather at the border town of Baga, after heaving fighting between security forces and Islamist militants, April 21, 2013./Photo©ReutersA leading Nigerian leading opposition party has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of paying a blind eye to the recent killing of several civilians in the town of Baga during a standoff between government forces and members of a terrorist Islamist group.

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A city emerges from Nigeria's ocean

The future Prime Water View Gardens: a three-bed is yours for N33m/Photo©NICHOLAS NORBROOKThe overhaul of Victoria Island and the Lekki Peninsula mark another milestone for Lagos's urban renewal.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram amnesty wahala

Boko Haram scorns Jonathan's U-turn amnesty offer, dividing the country.

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Nigeria's Good luck or judgment?

Sweet smiles of a demographic time bomb: in 10 years these children will be part of the 80 million looking for jobs/Photo©AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERSThrough a confluence of good fortune, his own initiative and a team of reform-minded ministers President Goodluck Jonathan is stacking up arguments for re-election in 2015. But his critics are vocal and have formed a new opposition coalition, while pretenders lurk in the ranks of his own party.

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan has his hands full on home turf

January’s pipeline explosion at Arepo added to Jonathan’s woes/Photo©ReutersPresident Goodluck Jonathan, born a few miles from where oil was was first found in the Niger Delta, was elected partly on his promises to tackle the region's grievances.

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After Nigeria's Afcon win, World Cup worries for Ghana

Photo©ARMANDO FRANCA/AP/SIPAWith the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, the Nigerian Super Eagles have gained confidence after flying to the top to become the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions. Meanwhile in Ghana, it is all but.

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African Union: It's never too late to avoid war! - Dlamini Zuma

NKOSAZANA DLAMINI-ZUMA Chair, African Union Commission/Photo©Vincent Fournier for JAThe new chair is taking a leading role in negotiating an intervention force for Mali. Expectations are high that she will reform the institution and push development projects, but she cannot do so without the approval of member states.

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Oil discovery fuels dispute among Nigerian States

President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the Orient Petroleum and proclaimed Anambra State as an oil-producing entity amid fears that ownership dispute could escalate into violenceThe discovery of an oil well in one of Nigeria's south-eastern states has sparked protests from neighbouring states who are also claiming ownership of the piece of land lying on their shared border.

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Citizenship war as Bakassi Peninsula Nigerians threaten Cameroon

Nigerians from the Bakassi Peninsula who were forced by an international ruling to become Cameroonians have threatened war if Nigeria does not appeal against the decision.

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Nigeria: Goodluck walks tightrope ahead of 2015 election

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan successfully  ran for the presidency following the death of President Alhaji Shehu Yar’AduaNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is walking a political tightrope pulled by the two major ethnic groups in the country who are demanding the presidency in 2015 where he will be seeking a second term.

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After Nigeria's cash runs out

The people have already proved the fuel subsidy is not negotiable/Photo©GEORGE OSODI/PANOS-REA

Amidst regular attacks on civilians by Boko Haram, a lax attitude to spending has got the government into trouble.

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Country Profile 2012: NIGERIA

Even as Nigeria has made progress in holding credible elections and in launching reforms to attract investment that may eventually nudge its economy into global league tables, its politics remain treacherous, especially in the north, and it urgently needs to industrialise and diversify the economy. 

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