By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020
The deployment of Nigeria’s army followed its announcement last week that it was ready to maintain law and order and deal decisively with “subversive elements and troublemakers.”
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2020
Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa’s largest country.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2020
The dire social conditions are the product of colonial and neocolonial oppression by the imperialist powers on behalf of their banks and corporations, exacerbated by the venal and corrupt rule of the national bourgeoisie.
By Stephan McCoy, 16 October 2020
The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020
Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.
By Stephan McCoy, 7 July 2020
As of July 5, the country had recorded nearly 29,000 confirmed cases and 635 deaths, a more than sixfold increase following the government’s reopening of the economy at the end of March, just a few weeks after imposing a lockdown.
By Stephan McCoy, 12 May 2020
Medical and other experts are against the easing of restrictions, with the National Medical Association and the Federal Capital Territory Youth Task Force on COVID-19 both asking Buhari not to ease the lockdown.
By Stephan McCoy, 11 April 2020
An African Union study predicts that some 20 million jobs are at risk in Africa due to the impact of the pandemic.
French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital
7 June 2019
Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.
By Eddie Haywood, 26 February 2019
Results of the tally, expected to have been released on Monday, have now been delayed, with vote counting continuing today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2014
The kidnapping presents Washington with a golden opportunity to secure a foothold in the oil-rich country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By David Walsh, 27 August 2011
A massive explosion ripped through the United Nations complex in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Friday morning.
By Susan Garth, 20 April 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral victory has left Nigeria divided along regional, political and class lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.