Nigeria Set Up Football Reconciliation Committee

Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) boss Ibrahim Galadima has been appointed to be the head of a reconciliation committee to resolve issues within the organisation. The country’s sports minister Solomon Dalung has tasked the committee with restoring peace to the troubled NFF. The move comes as Chris Giwa continues to challenge the legitimacy of Amaju Pinnick as NFF president. Galadima […]

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How Nigeria Can Ride Out Its Economic Storm

Nigeria’s economy is facing the threefold challenge of falling oil prices, a depreciating currency and a militant insurgency in the north. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is at a critical juncture in 2016. While the future remains bright for the bellwether of African growth, the next months and years will be characterized by significant turbulence. After a decade of rapid economic […]

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How Stigma Can Stymie Nigeria’s Efforts To Extend HIV Treatment

More HIV-positive Nigerians could take up antiretroviral treatment if services were provided at government-owned primary health-care centres in the country’s rural areas rather than in urban hospitals. But for a shift to localised programmes to work, the government will need to destigmatise HIV in rural areas. If this doesn’t happen, patients will stay away because they fear that their HIV […]

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Nigerian Loan Deal With China Highlights Need To Diversify Sources Of Government Revenue

Amid Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Beijing this week, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama announced that China has offered Nigeria a $6 billion loan to pay for infrastructure projects. President Buhari aims to increase spending on public works projects as a means of kickstarting economic growth. Nigeria is facing its worst economic crisis in decades as low global oil prices […]

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Nigeria Arrests Person Suspected Of Bombing ENI Pipeline: Security Official

Nigeria has arrested a person suspected of having bombed an oil pipeline belonging to Italy’s ENI in the southern Delta region, the commander of a state security force said on Wednesday. The attack was one of the worst in recent weeks in the impoverished swampland, where tensions have been building since authorities issued an arrest warrant in January for a […]

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Nigeria Nominates Barkindo To Replace El-Badri As OPEC Chief

Nigeria has nominated the former chief of its state oil company to be the next secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, delegates with the group said, potentially ending a deadlock over the cartel’s leadership. The nomination of Mohammed Barkindo was put forward in recent days by Nigeria to replace Abdalla Salem el-Badri as OPEC’s secretary-general, the delegates […]

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Nigerian State Oil Firm ‘Withheld $25bn Over Five Years’

Nigeria’s state-owned oil company has failed to pay the government $25bn (£17.5bn) over five years, the nation’s fiscal commission has said. It includes $15bn that the nation’s auditor general last week said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) failed to pay in 2014 alone. Oil revenue accounts for roughly two-thirds of the government’s funding. President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to […]

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