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At UN, African leaders say enough is enough: They must be partnered with, not sidelined

Sep. 23, 2023 13:23 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — If you listen to the African leaders addressing the U.N. General Assembly this year, the message is emphatic and unanimous: The continent is done being a victim of a post-World War II order. It is a global power in itself and must be partnered with — not sidelined. ...

Deposed Nigerien president petitions West African regional court to order his release, reinstatement

Sep. 20, 2023 16:05 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerien president detained since July by the soldiers who deposed him has petitioned a regional court demanding his release and reinstatement, according to court documents seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday. President Mohamed Bazoum, in an...

Power is restored in Nigeria after nationwide outage caused by electrical grid failure

Sep. 14, 2023 08:46 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria experienced a nationwide power outage for about 10 hours Thursday after the country’s electrical grid collapsed due to a fire, authorities and the nation's electricity distribution companies reported. The grid has collapsed multiple times in recent...

An appeals court dismisses opposition challenges against Nigerian president's election victory

Sep. 06, 2023 17:05 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An appeals court in Nigeria on Wednesday rejected petitions filed by the opposition challenging the legitimacy of President Bola Tinubu's victory in the February election after ruling that the political parties were not able to prove their cases alleging voting...

Niger’s junta has asked the French ambassador to leave the country, Nigerien foreign ministry says

Aug. 25, 2023 14:52 PM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Niger’s junta has asked the French ambassador to leave the country, Nigerien foreign ministry says.

Building collapse in Nigeria's capital leaves two people dead while many are feared trapped

Aug. 24, 2023 07:28 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Rescue crews were searching for survivors Thursday after a building collapse in Nigeria’s capital left two people dead while many others are feared trapped, emergency officials said. The two-story building in the densely populated Garki district of the...

Nigerian leader swears in 45-member Cabinet with a promise to fast-track reforms

Aug. 21, 2023 11:58 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Bola Tinubu on Monday swore in 45 ministers nearly three months after his election, promising that his government will accelerate its development agenda. The Cabinet is intended to help improve Africa’s biggest economy and most populous...

Labor unions across Nigeria protest against soaring cost of living under new president

Aug. 02, 2023 15:16 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Labor unions marched across Nigeria on Wednesday to protest the soaring cost of living under the West African nation’s new president, with calls for the government to improve social welfare interventions to reduce hardship. The unions, made up of government...

Nigerian state relaxes curfew after warehouses and shops are looted

Jul. 31, 2023 18:55 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state have relaxed a curfew announced in response to what they said was widespread looting of shops and warehouses. The 24-hour curfew has been eased to last only from dusk to dawn, Adamawa Gov. Ahmadu Umaru...

Nearly two months into his term, Nigeria's leader finally proposes his Cabinet to legislators

Jul. 27, 2023 12:23 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu on Thursday forwarded 28 ministerial nominees to federal legislators for confirmation as he seeks to finally set up his Cabinet to lead Africa's most populous country. The long-awaited list featuring six women was presented to...