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2015-03-27 First Lady Wrong to Claim 70% of Ministers Are Women
[Africa Check] Nigeria's first lady has claimed that 70% of the ministers serving in her husband's cabinet are women. But their share is less than half that.

2015-03-27 Why I Won't Vote
[African Arguments] I won't be voting in this year's election in Nigeria, the fifth since the return of civilian rule in 1999 following many years of the military. It's partly my fault; partly the fault of the misnamed Independent National Electoral Commission (misnamed because the chair is appointed directly by the president, as he has repeatedly reminded us), which couldn't find evidence of my 2011 registration despite the obscene amount spent on laptops.

2015-03-27 I'm Not in This Race for Power, Money - Buhari
[Independent (Lagos)] The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said he is not in the race for power or money.

2015-03-27 Displacement Doubles in Flight From Boko Haram
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar/Yaounde -The number of people in northern Cameroon who have fled their homes fearing the violence in neighbouring Nigeria and cross-border raids by Islamist sect Boko Haram doubled in March to 117,000, a United Nations survey showed.

2015-03-27 Historic Polls - Uncertainties and Anxieties of a Vital Process
[Chatham House] The battle for Nigeria's presidency is a two-man contest between the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, and his main rival, Muhammadu Buhari. It is expected to be the closest election since the return to civilian rule in 1999.

2015-03-26 Limit Nigeria's Control of Returned Abacha Loot, U.S. Told
[Vanguard] Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has proposed to the U.S. Department of Justice "a repatriation arrangement to limit control or management of $480 million forfeited Abacha funds by the Nigerian government to the extent necessary to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the process."

2015-03-26 Africa and Global Power - On the Rise, but At the Margins
[ISS] As pressure mounts for Africa to take greater responsibility for development, peace and security on the continent, the question of regional leadership becomes pressing.

2015-03-27 Nigerian Soldiers Confine Al-Jazeera Journalists to Hotel
[CPJ] Abuja -Nigerian military authorities on Tuesday confined two Al-Jazeera journalists to their hotel room and have forbidden them from leaving, according to a statement published on Wednesday by the Nigerian Defense Headquarters and both journalists who spoke to CPJ. The journalists were covering a story on military activities in the area as part of Al-Jazeera's broader election coverage, the broadcaster said.

2015-03-26 Buhari, Jonathan Meet, Sign Another Peace Accord
[Premium Times] The two leading candidates in Saturday's presidential election have signed another peace accord in Abuja.

2015-03-27 Entertainers Push for Ministry of Entertainment
[Leadership] The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), FCT chapter in conjunction with all Abuja-based entertainment associations and entertainers at the weekend staged solidarity and endorsement party in support of President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election bid.

2015-03-27 Post-Election Unrest Could Hamper Aid Efforts in Nigeria
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Escalating violence by Boko Haram militants in recent months has uprooted hundreds of thousands in northeast Nigeria and led to a "humanitarian crisis", aid agencies said on Thursday, amid fears that post-election unrest could hamper aid efforts.

2015-03-27 Country's Election Campaign Marred By Violence
[RFI] Thursday is the final day of campaigning before presidential elections in Nigeria on Saturday. The National Human Rights Commission has recorded sixty deaths related to pre-election violence since campaigning began in November. Last month two people were killed by gunmen and explosives detonated at an opposition All Progressives' Congress rally in Okrika, River state. RFI's Rosie Collyer filed this report from Port Harcourt.

2015-03-27 Hot Spots in the 2015 Elections
[Leadership] As Nigerians file out tomorrow to participate in the general election, most of the hotspots where trouble and violence may erupt and the indicators, which pencilled them as such, are still prevalent. This is in spite of assurances that the elections will be non-violent, free, fair and credible. CHIKA OTUCHIKERE and PAUL CHIAMA look at the issue.

2015-03-27 Tomorrow's Election and the Military
[Guardian] AS Nigerians prepare to cast their vote in tomorrow's decisive election, the necessity or otherwise of deploying soldiers to maintain peace in the process has been made an issue by the peculiarly Nigerian way of conducting elections. The argument has centred on the constitutionality of the use of the military in civil duties, a category to which the conduct of election belongs, against the background of the problematic electioneering in this political environment. With the possibility of violence during an

2015-03-27 Its Patience Versus Aisha
[This Day] As Nigerians eagerly looks forward to Saturday's presidential election, Solomon Elusoji writes on the lives of the women behind the two major candidates

2015-03-27 Arise Women Takes Preventive Healthcare to Schoolgirls
[Vanguard] A huge mobile clinic, bus-load of drugs, an ambulance, doctors of different specialities, more than 100 volunteers and members announced the presence of Women Arise at Queens' College, QC, Yaba, last Friday in Lagos for a health outreach programme.

2015-03-27 Polls - We Are Combat Ready - - Police
[Vanguard] The Police Command, (AIT, Alagbado Police), has said that the police are combat ready to maintain peace and security during and after the general elections on Saturday, March 28 and April 11, 2015 respectfully.

2015-03-27 Six Ships Laden With Petrol Arrive in Lagos
[Leadership] Six ships laden with 157,200 tonnes of petrol have arrived Lagos ports awaiting to berth the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

2015-03-27 International Monitors Await Nigerian Poll
[Deutsche Welle] Nigerians cast their ballots this weekend in a tightly contested nationwide poll. Election observers could be crucial to a successful outcome.

2015-03-26 Premium Times Launches Digital Election Centre #NigeriadDecides #Nigeria2015
[Premium Times] PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria's leading investigative newspaper, has launched its digital election reporting centre ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

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