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Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapping: “The wait is unbearable”

 
Parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped in northern Nigeria have told FRANCE 24 that, though the military said the girls were freed on Wednesday, their daughters are still missing. One father was brave enough to describe his agonizing wait. Read more...
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Anger in Nigeria: Official steals 110 million euros, fined 3,500

 
Hundreds of protesters descended on Nigeria’s justice ministry in Abuja on Wednesday after a court handed down a strangely lenient sentence to an official convicted of embezzlement. The former boss of Nigeria’s police pension fund, John Yakubu Yusufu, was convicted Monday with stealing 23.3 billion Nigerian naira (about 110 million euros) meant for retired police officers. A judge gave him the choice of either spending two years in jail or paying 750,000 naira (about 3,500 euros). Unsurprisingly, he chose the latter option. Read more…
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Four months after devastating floods, Nigerian farmers are at their wits’ end

 
Last summer, Nigeria suffered its worst flooding in 50 years. Four months on, small farmers in Kogi state, the worst affected zone in the centre of the country, are struggling to rebuild a normal life after their harvest was destroyed. Our Observer reports on the alarming state of the agricultural sector there. Read more...
 
 
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From Iran to DR Congo, our Observers share reactions to Obama’s win

 
As soon as Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, Internet users from around the world went online to react to the news. Our Observers sent us some of the most interesting comments they spotted, giving us an idea of how Obama’s win is viewed outside of the United States. Some are enthusiastic, others blasé, and yet others downright funny. Read more…

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Nigerian student lynching video prompts protests

 
Four students from the University of Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria, were burned alive Friday by locals who accused them of being thieves. A horrific video of the scene has since surfaced online, angering their classmates, some of whom reportedly decided to get revenge by setting fires in the part of town where the young men were killed. Read more…

Nigerian women stopped from reaching Mecca: ‘We’re not living in the Prophet’s times!’

 
Saudi Arabia has begun expelling over a thousand Nigerian women who had come on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca because they were not accompanied by male guardians. Our Observer, a Nigerian blogger, denounces this as an outdated vision of Islam. Read more...
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Living in fear of Boko Haram: “I did not dare go to church”

 
As the Islamist militant group Boko Haram continues to terrorise northern Nigeria, residents of Kaduna are still reeling from the simultaneous bombing of three churches a week and a half ago. One of our Observers in Kaduna tells us these attacks convinced many Christians to leave town, while those who have stayed face an uncertain future. Read more...
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Nigerian students outraged at decision to rename University of Lagos

 
Students at the University of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, are fighting for the university to keep its name. For a second day in a row, they are holding protests against President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to rename it “Moshood Abiola University.” Read more...

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Lagos motorcycle-taxi ban dismays commuters

 
It was already hard enough getting around traffic-plagued Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Now, however, it’s become even tougher: authorities have banned motorcycle-taxis in part of the city. While they have been accused of causing many accidents, these taxis are extremely popular with local residents, many of whom depend on this means of transportation in a city where paralysing traffic jams are the norm. Read more...

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