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Fortune runs out for Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan LAGOS: Goodluck Jonathan's rise to the top of the pile in Nigeria's ruthless political world had been described as accidental -- a matter of good luck.But the amazing run of coincidence and chance that brought the son of a canoe-maker to the presidential villa in the capital Abuja, has come to an end, with his electoral defeat at the hands of challenger Muhammadu Buhari.The 57-year-old southern Christian -- the first head of state from the oil-producing Niger Delta -- was thrust into the presidency in 2010 following the death of his predecessor Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, a Muslim from the north.The mild-mannered Jonathan, often seen with his trademark fedora traditionally worn by Niger Delta natives, is from a family of boat makers. He became a zoology lecturer and worked on environmental issues before entering politics in 1998. "I personally call him the accidental president. It was chance, good luck," said Adewale ...

At least 10 killed in Burundi landslides BUJUMBURA: Landslides in Burundi have killed at least 10 people after torrential rains, a local governor said Monday, revising downwards an earlier toll after eight were found alive."It is a disaster... dozens of houses were destroyed, crops have been washed away," said Jacques Minani, governor of the Bujumbura district, some 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital.However, he revised an earlier toll of 18 dead, after saying that five of those believed killed had ...
Curfew in Nigeria's Rivers state over election tensions: state govt PORT HARCOURT: An overnight curfew was imposed in Nigeria's southern Rivers state as tensions ran high over local results of the country's general election, the state government said on Monday."The government has imposed a curfew in Rivers state from 7:00 pm (1800 GMT) to 6:00 am to prevent the breakdown of law and order because of the tense political situation," said information commissioner Ibim Semenitari.Rivers, in the oil-producing Delta region, is seen as a key ...
Red Cross worker killed in attack on aid truck in Mali: ICRC GENEVA: An international Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague injured when the aid truck they were driving was attacked in northern Mali on Monday, the organisation said in a statement.An aid truck belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross "was attacked this morning near Gao, leaving one ICRC staff member dead and a member of the Mali Red Cross injured," it said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Nigeria vote generally credible despite issues: observers ABUJA: Voting in Nigeria's general election was broadly credible despite widespread logistical challenges, domestic and foreign observers said in preliminary findings released on Monday.Nigeria's Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), set up in the late 1990s to coincide with the end of military rule, said Saturday's election "afforded Nigerians a credible opportunity to exercise their right to vote"."Late delivery of materials, a slow accreditation process and the inability of card readers to consistently validate voter's fingerprints posed ...
Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension LAGOS: Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.The country's electoral commission said some 300 of the 150,000 polling stations would be open from 0700 GMT to accredit voters after handheld devices to read biometric identity cards failed.Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called the situation a "huge national embarrassment" after ...
UN chief will discuss Yemen crisis with Arab leaders SHARM EL-SHEIKH: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told al-Arabiya television on Friday he would discuss the crisis in Yemen with Arab leaders attending a March 28-29 summit in Egypt. "I will discuss the Yemen crisis with Arab leaders in Sharm El-Sheikh including (Saudi Arabia's) King Salman," he said through an Arabic translator.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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