Ola Awoniyi

Nigeria slams critics, hustles anti-gay law through Parliament

Nigeria's Parliament is pushing ahead with a Bill that would harshly crack down on gay rights despite moves from abroad to counter such legislation.

Gbagbo ‘agrees to negotiate end’ to Côte d’Ivoire crisis

Côte d'Ivoire strongman Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to negotiate a resolution to the crisis gripping the nation, mediators said on Tuesday.

West African leaders meet for emergency Côte d’Ivoire talks

West African leaders decided to meet for emergency talks on the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire as strongman Laurent Gbagbo resists calls to step aside.

Nigeria arrests nine Independence Day blasts suspects

Nigerian intelligence authorities said they are holding nine people believed to have links with an ex-militant leader already arrested.

Nigerian police name suspects in deadly blasts

Nigerian police said on Sunday car bombers had intended to "commit mass murder" and distributed photos and other details of the two suspects.

Nigeria hunts militants after bombs kill 12

Nigerian authorities hunted oil militants on Saturday who claimed responsibility for two car bombs that killed at least 12 people.

Nigeria’s acting president dissolves Cabinet

Nigerian acting President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday dissolved the Cabinet, asserting his power a little over a month after taking over.

Ailing Nigerian president returns home, but not to power

Nigeria's president returned on Wednesday after a stay in hospital fueling concern about fresh turmoil but his deputy said all was "on course".

Nigeria’s vice-president takes over from ailing Yar’Adua

Nigeria's Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, took office as acting head of state on Tuesday from ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua.

Nigerian Parliament votes to suspend ailing president

Nigeria's Parliament on Tuesday voted to suspend ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua and hand power to his deputy until he is well enough to resume.

Lawyers challenge Nigerian president’s fitness to rule

Lawyers have petitioned a Nigerian court to install President Umaru Yar'Adua's deputy as acting president until the leader returns from hospital.

I did my best, says Nigerian president

''I did my best,'' Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said in an interview with the media as he looked back on eight years in office and rejected foreign and domestic criticism of the country's flawed polls last weekend. ''The day I meet God I'll tell him: not everything was perfect, but I did my best,'' the president said in his office late on Wednesday.

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