Nigeria

Nigeria election commission abruptly postpones presidential poll

By Eddie Haywood, 18 February 2019

The contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and chief rival Atiku Abubakar is in a virtual dead heat, with each candidate expected to take an even number of votes.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

US-backed Nigerian military massacres hundreds in Shia minority

By Thomas Gaist, 24 December 2015

The death toll continues to rise from the mass slaughter by the US-backed Nigerian forces in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Former Nigerian military dictator meets with Obama, Kerry in Washington

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2015

Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari discussed plans for stepped-up US military and economic intervention inside Africa’s largest economy during an official visit this week.

Former military dictator wins Nigerian presidency

By Thomas Gaist, 1 April 2015

The campaign of Muhammadu Buhari, who ruled as a dictator after a 1983 coup d’etat, was supported by consultants with ties to the Obama White House.

US-NATO war games prepare massive military escalation in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 17 February 2015

Operation Flintlock 2015, encompassing Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia, is being used by the US and European powers to escalate their military presence in the oil-rich region.

US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 2 February 2015

The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers.

Boko Haram seizes key multi-national military base in northern Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

The Islamist militant group seized control of a strategically important military base in Baga, a Nigerian town near the Cameroonian border.

Terror bombing kills 118 in Jos, Nigeria

By James Cogan, 21 May 2014

The twin bombings were designed to maximise the death toll from the atrocity in the working-class Terminus Market district.

Paris security summit steps up military intervention in Nigeria

By Kumaran Ira, 19 May 2014

At the Paris summit, France sought to harness its African proxy regimes to the escalating imperialist intervention in Nigeria.

US security mission arrives in Nigeria

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2014

Under conditions where the government is tottering, the US has--to all intents and purposes--taken over the running of Nigeria.

Nigeria: Boko Haram kidnappings used to justify US military build-up in Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2014

The kidnapping presents Washington with a golden opportunity to secure a foothold in the oil-rich country.

Washington sends military personnel to Nigeria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2014

The Obama administration has seized upon the vicious kidnapping of Nigerian school girls to provide the cover of a “moral crusade” for an escalating US and European military intervention in Africa.

Mounting deaths of Nigerian children from lead poisoning

By Trevor Johnson, 17 June 2013

Children continue to die of lead poisoning in Nigeria as a result of being forced to earn a living extracting gold using artisanal methods.

Supreme Court bars US lawsuits against overseas human rights abuses

By John Burton, 23 April 2013

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that foreign citizens subjected to human rights abuses outside the US cannot sue corporations or individuals in US courts.

Interview with Paul Hoffman, lawyer for the plaintiffs

By John Burton, 23 April 2013

Paul Hoffman, a partner in the Venice, California law firm of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison, has been representing plaintiffs in cases under the Alien Tort Statute for the last 30 years.

Safety concerns after Lagos plane crash kills 170

By Trevor Johnson, 8 June 2012

Just before 4 p.m. on June 3, a passenger plane crashed into a built-up area of Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 people on board.

Mounting attacks on Nigerian workers

By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2012

Workers in Nigeria face escalating attacks on their livelihoods following the betrayal of last month’s national general strike against the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigerian government uses terror bombing to justify clampdown

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2012

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is using a spate of terrorist bombings to justify measures aimed at growing working class opposition to his rule.

The betrayal of Nigeria’s general strike

By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2012

The betrayal of the nationwide general strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) provides crucial lessons for workers and young people the world over.

Nigerian unions suspend general strike as army deploys in cities

By Robert Stevens, 17 January 2012

Nigeria’s two main trade union federations have called off the general strike against President Goodluck Jonathan as army units moved into cities around the country.

Strikes resume in Nigeria after collapse of talks between unions and government

By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2012

Action against the Nigerian government of President Goodluck Jonathan continues as the Nigeria’s main trade union federations failed in their attempt to halt the general strike.

Nigerian unions suspend general strike

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2012

Nigeria’s two main trade union federations suspended strike action, on the fifth day of a general strike against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigerian general strike escalates as government steps up repression

By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2012

Hundreds of thousands have demonstrated throughout Nigeria over the past three days in an escalating general strike against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

General strike over fuel hike paralyzes Nigeria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2012

Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets Monday at the start of a nationwide general strike against the government’s lifting of subsidies, resulting in the doubling of fuel costs overnight.

General strike called as protests spread in Nigeria against gas price hike

By Niles Williamson, 6 January 2012

As protests spread against cuts to state oil subsidies, Nigerian labour unions have called a general strike starting Monday if the cuts are not rescinded.

Bomb blast in Nigerian capital kills at least 18

By David Walsh, 27 August 2011

A massive explosion ripped through the United Nations complex in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Friday morning.

Nigerian vote leaves country deeply divided

By Susan Garth, 20 April 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral victory has left Nigeria divided along regional, political and class lines.

WikiLeaks documents show Shell Oil domination of Nigeria

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2010

A Shell executive told the US embassy that the oil company had infiltrated agents into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government.

Lead poisoning kills hundreds of children in Nigeria

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2010

More than 400 children have died from the effects of lead poisoning in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara.

China signs $23 billion oil deal with Nigeria

By Trevor Johnson, 28 May 2010

China has signed a $23 billion deal with the new government of Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria to build three oil refineries and a petrochemical plant.

Hundreds die as factions struggle for power in Nigeria

By Ann Talbot, 16 March 2010

As many as 500 people may have died in the latest round of communal violence in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Political and social crisis grows as Clinton condemns Nigeria

By Trevor Johnson and Ann Talbot, 3 February 2010

Hundreds of people have been killed as communal violence broke out in the Nigerian city of Jos and surrounding areas last month. The official death toll stands at 326 but it is thought to be higher.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

7 November 2008

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Obasanjo to be recognised despite rigged Nigerian election

By Trevor Johnson and Chris Talbot, 30 April 2003

The response of the Bush administration as well as media reports makes clear that Olusegun Obasanjo and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will be accepted as the legitimate victor in the recent Nigerian elections, despite widespread vote-rigging.

Nigerian president sends troops to restart flow of oil

By Trevor Johnson, 3 April 2003

The major oil companies Shell, ChevronTexaco and TotalFinaElf have all closed facilities and evacuated staff from the Niger Delta in the last few weeks. As a result Nigeria’s usual oil output of 2 million barrels a day is down by 40 percent.

Violence increases as Nigerian elections approach

By Trevor Johnson, 20 March 2003

With elections due to take place on April 19, the bloody feuding between rival factions of Nigeria’s elite is escalating out of control.

Nigeria: Death toll from inter-communal violence mounts

By Ann Talbot, 29 November 2002

At least 215 are confirmed dead and several thousand injured after six days of rioting between Christians and Muslims in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna. It is estimated that 12,000 people have been made homeless. Many have fled the city as whole residential areas have been burnt to the ground.

Nigerian regime loses legal dispute over oil

By Trevor Johnson and Chris Talbot, 18 October 2002

Nigeria has lost its eight-year legal battle with neighbouring Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula, an area rich in offshore oil and gas deposits. The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled against Nigeria’s claim over the land that dates back to a 1913 deal between the colonial powers, Britain and Germany, giving the peninsula to Cameroon.

Nigerian factory fire kills 45 workers

By our correspondent, 25 September 2002

At least 45 workers lost their lives on the night of September 15 when a fire swept through a Nigerian plastics factory—West Africa Rubber Products Limited—in the Odoguny Industrial Estate, Ikorodu, 40 kilometres north of Lagos. The fire gutted the factory and the adjacent Super Engineering Limited, both of which are owned by a conglomerate based in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Nigerian plane crashes in city suburb

By Trevor Johnson, 7 May 2002

A Nigerian passenger plane crashed into a densely populated suburb of the city of Kano in northern Nigeria at about 1.35pm on May 4, killing at least 148 people. The Nigerian Red Cross said that a minimum of 148 bodies had been recovered, with 49 people seriously injured. The final death toll is expected to be much higher, according to rescue workers. Hundreds of local people have been made homeless.

Ammunition dump explodes in Lagos

By Trevor Johnson, 1 February 2002

Hundreds of people were killed in Nigeria late on Sunday January 27, after an ammunition dump in the centre of Lagos exploded. Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city, with a population of 12 million, and the main commercial centre.

Nigeria: Unions call off general strike against fuel price increases

By Trevor Johnson and Barbara Slaughter, 25 January 2002

On January 18, the Nigerian Labour Council (NLC) and its 29 affiliated unions called off the general strike that had paralysed the country for two days.

Cholera epidemic spreads in Nigeria

By Trevor Johnstone, 11 December 2001

A cholera epidemic has claimed over 1,000 lives in Nigeria. The disease has spread from Kano to a number of other states. No coordinated response has come from the federal government, and the state governments have been criticised for their slow and ineffective measures against the epidemic.

Nigeria slides towards military rule

By Trevor Johnson and Ann Talbot, 3 December 2001

The Obasanjo regime of Nigeria, which Western governments hailed as a shining example of African democracy when it came to power in 1999, is sliding towards a resumption of military rule.

Nigerian soldiers carry out massacres

By Trevor Johnson and Barbara Slaughter, 27 October 2001

This week hundreds of villagers in Nigeria have been massacred by the army. In four ethnic-Tiv villages in Benue, soldiers rounded up and killed over 200 unarmed civilians. Zaki Biam, a town of about 20,000 people, was completely destroyed.

Protest against Afghan bombings sparks ethnic conflict in Nigeria

By Chris Talbot, 20 October 2001

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes last weekend between gangs of Muslim and Christian youths in Kano, the main city in northern Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria hit by floods

By Trevor Johnson, 5 October 2001

Two hundred people have died and tens of thousands have been made homeless as a result of devastating floods in northern Nigeria. Twenty people died after floods hit the state of Kano, according to the Nigerian Red Cross. A further 48,500 have been displaced. In neighbouring Jigawa, 180 deaths were registered, 800 people were injured and 35,500 displaced. The total number of people affected, including those whose farmlands were washed away, exceeds 143,000.

Communal violence in Nigeria

By Barry Mason, 19 September 2001

Communal violence has broken out in the northern Nigerian city of Jos in the Plateau region. It is a city of four million people, 125 miles from the capital Abuja. The fighting began on September 7 between youth belonging to the Christian Berom tribe and Muslim Hausa youth.

Nigeria's fuel protests gather support

By Our correspondent, 23 March 2001

Workers and students in Nigeria took to the streets on March 20, at the start of a nation-wide protest against a rise in petrol prices. Several thousand protesters marched through the northern Nigerian city of Kano to the residence of its Governor, Musa Kwankwaso, to denounce President Olusegun Obasanjo's plan to deregulate petrol prices.

Clinton's Nigeria visit seeks to strengthen US influence in Africa

By Trevor Johnson and Chris Talbot, 1 September 2000

Clinton's visit to Nigeria was part of attempts by the United States to strengthen its influence in Africa, after the debacles of recent years.

US reasserts its interests in Africa, sending troops to Nigeria

By Chris Talbot, 16 August 2000

Several hundred United States Special Forces troops will be sent to Nigeria in the next few weeks to lead an extensive training mission. The move is the response of the Clinton administration to being sidelined by the British intervention in Sierra Leone in May this year, when the Labour government of Prime Minister Tony Blair deployed a thousand troops and several warships, after the virtual disintegration of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

Nigerian unions concluding separate agreements over minimum wage

By our correspondent, 27 July 2000

As nationwide unrest in Nigeria over the minimum wage persists into its second month, the unions are continuing their policy of fragmenting the struggle by attempting to make separate deals in each of the country's 36 states.

Who is responsible for the oil explosion in Nigeria?

By Jerry White, 21 October 1998

Several hundred bodies, charred beyond recognition, were buried in a mass grave in southern Nigeria Monday after the explosion this weekend that killed at least 500 villagers.