Mar 19, 2013 16:35 EDT
Wounded survivors on Tuesday described the terrifying scene of a suicide attack at a Nigerian bus station that killed at least 41 people, the latest violence to hit the restive north.
Mar 18, 2013 12:41 EDT
A French man abducted with his family last month in Cameroon has spoken in a recording reportedly made by a Nigerian Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda and obtained by AFP on Monday.
Mar 18, 2013 11:33 EDT
A man identified as the father of a French family kidnapped in Cameroon has spoken in an audio statement obtained by AFP and purportedly recorded by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
Mar 16, 2013 14:25 EDT
Nigeria on Saturday ruled out a ransom payment to the kidnappers holding seven members of a French family as France's foreign minister held talks with President Goodluck Jonathan on the abductions.
Mar 15, 2013 18:41 EDT
The United States on Friday condemned Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's pardon of a political ally who admitted massive embezzlement as a "setback" in the fight against corruption.
Mar 13, 2013 09:52 EDT
Nigeria's president has pardoned a close political ally who admitted to embezzling millions of dollars of public funds while serving as governor of an oil-rich state, an official said Wednesday.
Mar 09, 2013 16:00 EST
Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru on Saturday claimed to have killed seven foreign hostages abducted from a construction site last month in the country's restive north, SITE Intelligence Group said, but there was no immediate confirmation from Nigerian authorities or the countries the hostages were said to be from.
Mar 09, 2013 09:57 EST
Nigeria's army said on Saturday it had launched an operation in the northern city of Maiduguri, the bastion of Islamist group Boko Haram, that led to the deaths of 20 suspected militants and two soldiers.
Mar 08, 2013 08:58 EST
Nigeria's president on Friday defended the heavy deployment of soldiers to the restive northeast on a rare trip to the region where radical Islamist group Boko Haram is based.
Mar 07, 2013 17:24 EST
Nigeria's president, visiting the region at the heart of an Islamist insurgency for the first time since he was elected in 2011, on Thursday rebuffed calls for an amnesty deal for the extremists.
Mar 06, 2013 16:40 EST
Nigerian troops have recovered a cache of arms and explosives in a house near a military base in the restive northern city of Kaduna and arrested nine people, an army commander said Wednesday.
Mar 06, 2013 07:39 EST
Nigeria's top Islamic leader has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to offer amnesty to all combatants linked to an extremist group that has killed hundreds, in comments obtained Wednesday.
Feb 26, 2013 14:39 EST
Suspected Nigerian Islamists have demanded the release of prisoners in exchange for the freedom of a kidnapped French family, but analysts said Tuesday their true aim may be to collect a ransom payment.
Feb 26, 2013 03:05 EST
France's defence minister on Tuesday ruled out talks with the abductors of a French family seized in Cameroon, after a video of the hostages appeared on YouTube.
Feb 25, 2013 21:54 EST
A video appeared on YouTube of seven kidnapped members of a French family with their abductors, who claimed to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and demanded the release of prisoners.
Feb 25, 2013 12:22 EST
A video of a French family of seven kidnapped last week in Cameroon along with their Islamist abductors claiming to be from the Boko Haram group appeared on YouTube on Monday.
Feb 23, 2013 12:10 EST
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said Saturday that her government will seek to boost energy ties with Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer, after meeting President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
Feb 21, 2013 16:09 EST
Ex-US president Bill Clinton witnessed the inauguration in Lagos Thursday of the first phase of a giant housing project being built on an artificial terrain and expected to house 250,000 people.
Feb 20, 2013 12:17 EST
France on Wednesday urged its citizens to leave northern Cameroon after seven members of a French family were seized in a kidnapping officials suspect was carried out by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
Feb 19, 2013 11:21 EST
Nigeria has appealed to foreign governments to help crack down on crude oil theft, the oil minister said Tuesday of the illicit industry that robs Africa's biggest oil producer of some $6 billion per year.
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9 December 2005 – 16 April 2008
|Preceded by||Diepreye Alamieyeseigha|
|Succeeded by||Timipre Sylva|
|Assumed office |
May 29, 2007
|Preceded by||Atiku Abubakar|
|Born||November 20, 1957|
Bayelsa State, Nigeria
|Political party||People's Democratic Party|