UNGA president visits Nigeria to strengthen security support

ABUJA, May 7 (Xinhua): Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at his office held a closed-door meeting with the visiting President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Maria Espinosa.

Espinosa, president of the 73rd session of UNGA, is in the West African country on a two-day working visit.

A presidency source told Xinhua that the agenda of the bilateral meeting included issues bordering on insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin, development and environmental protection, among others.

Nigeria bans mining activities in the northern state of Zamfara

ABUJA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government on Sunday suspended all forms of mining activities in Zamfara, a northwestern state of the country.

The government also ordered all foreigners engaged in mining activities to leave the area within 48 hours, acting Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu told reporters in the capital of Abuja.

The order was part of measures to check banditry in the state, the police chief said.

50-plus people missing after pipeline explodes in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday.

The blast early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, told The Associated Press.

The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal. Aiteo had yet to comment on the explosion. It was not immediately clear if the pipeline had been shut down.

Nigeria's electoral body declares Buhari winner of presidential poll

ABUJA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's electoral body on early Wednesday declared incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the country's presidential election.

Buhari, the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party, topped the poll with 15,191,847, or 55.6 percent of the total 27,324,583 valid votes in presidential election held on Saturday, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu announced.

Nigeria's main opposition party rejects collated presidential poll results

ABUJA, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday rejected results of the weekend's presidential election being collated by the country's electoral body in Abuja.

In a statement signed by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP said the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are disputable.

"All results currently being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is incorrect, thus unacceptable to our party and people," the statement said.

Nigeria: Dozens dead in election violence

25 Feb 2019; DW: Unrest and uncertainty has gripped Nigeria after a second day of vote counting following the presidential election. Human rights groups have reported the deaths of 39 people, while Nigerian police have confirmed some 128 arrests following election-related violence.

Saturday's presidential election was fraught with difficulty, having been delayed a week by the electoral commission at the last minute, citing logistical challenges.

Nigeria votes — one week later than planned

22 Feb 2019; DW: Nigeria's second attempt to elect a new president started Saturday with the polls opening at 8 a.m. local time (0700 UTC). All eyes are on the nearly 120,000 polling stations to see if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has overcome logistical difficulties to deliver the required number of ballot boxes, papers and results sheets — and on time. IT specialists reconfigured some 180,000 machines needed to check biometric identity cards and allow people to vote.

Nigeria deploy film stars for election peace

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace.

On an impromptu set outside the northern city of Kano, young women bickered between takes but at “Rolling!” smiled and swiveled in unison as male dancers sashayed by. While a drone camera buzzed overhead, a singer gestured and lip-synced a plea for Africa’s largest democracy to keep its cool.

Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

KANO, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria’s electoral commission says the presidential election is delayed until Feb. 23 over unspecified “challenges” amid reports that voting materials have not been delivered to all parts of the country.

Commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu spoke to reporters a little over five hours before polls were supposed to open in Africa’s most populous country and largest democracy.

The commission promised more details at a 2 p.m. briefing in the capital, Abuja.

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