Former US President Jimmy Carter recovering after surgery

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by recent injuries, his foundation said on Tuesday. Carter, 95, was hurt during “recent falls.” The surgery was said to have gone well and there were no reported complications. He is expected to remain in hospital …

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Gunmen kill two policemen in Bayelsa

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   Two Policemen were on Tuesday shot dead by unknown gunmen along the Otuogidi community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The hoodlums carted away the riffles of their victims creating apprehension in the state few days to the Saturday governorship election. But the 32,000 policemen detailed by the Inspector-General …

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Super Eagles coach Rohr reveals why he snubbed NPFL stars

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated home-based players were omitted from his latest selection for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches because they are not fit enough. The Super Eagles will host Benin for their Group L opening game at Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday with only Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena making Rohr’s …

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Fruits traders protest in Lagos over demolition of Ikosi/Isheri market

By Ebunoluwa Sessou Scores of fruits traders in Ketu/Ikosi area of Lagos today stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly protesting the demolition of the Ikosi/Isheri fruits market in the state. The protesters, who were majorly women came out en masse holding placards with different inscriptions and marched to the Assembly chanting “help us, help …

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Kano guber: Political parties make fresh allegations against Appeal Court President, Justice Bulkachuwa

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has raised the alarm over an alleged move by the Court of Appeal President Justice Z. A. Bulkachuwa, to disband the Kano State governorship Appeal Panel for the third time. CUPP described the setting up of three different panels without any reason as arbitrary, forum shopping and bastardization …

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BREAKING: Trailer being chased by police crushes 20 persons to death in Yola

No fewer 20 persons were reportedly crushes to death after a trailer loaded with farming produce overran several tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep, Tuesday, at Vinikling bridge (Hayin Gada) in Yola, Adamawa State. Residents told DAILY POST that the accident was caused by police officers, who were pursuing the truck driver for refusing to …

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Kogi/Bayelsa Guber: 11th Hour Judgement won’t affect Polls — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has expressed commitment to the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states, assuring stakeholders that in spite of several postelection court cases in both states, no last-minute judicial pronouncement could alter the elections. Continue reading Kogi/Bayelsa Guber: 11th Hour Judgement won’t affect Polls — INEC at …

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All you need to know about Social Media Bill

By Alao Abiodun According to statistics, Nigeria currently ranks highest in number of internet users with over 111.6 million internet users in African. This active use of the internet by Nigerians is in diverse areas such as work-related activities, social media engagements, online transactions, purchases and so on. The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, November 5, …

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Borno bans illegal motor parks to curb crimes

Governor Zulum of Borno. Photo: TWITTER/GOVBORNO The Borno State Government has banned the operations of illegal motor parks in the state to curtail criminal activities. The Commissioner of Justice, Mr Kaka-Shehu Lawan, announced the ban while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Maiduguri. Lawan said that the government took the measure following intelligence reports that …

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Witness: I gave Obasanjo $140,000 on behalf of Atiku’s son-in-law

By Robert Egbe A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday heard that Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, allegedly gave former President Olusegun Obasanjo the naira equivalent of $140,000. An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Bashir Mohammed told Justice C.J. Aneke that he delivered the cash to Obasanjo on …

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My fears about level of education, displacement in the North

Hon. Muhammad Jega is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on IDPs, Refugees and North East Initiatives. In this interview with  INNOCENT DURU , the lawmaker representing Gwandu/Aliero/Jega Federal Constituency, Kebbi State, speaks about his fears about the level of education and displacement of people in the country, the North in particular. Excerpts:   Could …

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Nigeria targets oil companies for a greater share of profits

In a move Nigeria’s president hailed as a “landmark moment”, Africa’s largest oil producer approved legislation this week to bolster its share of revenues from international majors. The authorities say the amendment — heralded as the biggest change in decades to its production sharing deals — will bring billions of dollars into state coffers as …

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Ogun absorbs 28 Community schools, 577 teachers

James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta Ogun State Government has taken over the management of 28 community schools across the state.The State Go vernment also absorbed 577 teachers in these schools into its civil service system. A statement by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun said the state government took the decision because most …

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Nigerian forces fire in the air to quell protest

People demonstrate to demand the release of activist and opposition politician Omoyele Sowore, facing treason charges over calls for a “revolution” against the government, on November 12, 2019 outside the Department of State Security headquarters in Abuja. – Sowore, who ran against Buhari in the February polls, has been held since August by the Department …

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Bayelsa guber: PDP wants APC governorship candidate disqualified

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus on Tuesday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to “act quickly” on the Abuja High Court ruling which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State, Bishop Degi by invoking the relevant sections of the …

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Brother locked-up mother of four for two years

AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna   A mother of four, Hassana Saleh, has been rescued from shack-like room in Rigasa, Igabi local government area of Kaduna metropolis. Two torture rehabilitation centres were recently discovered in the Rigasa community of Kaduna. Saleh was locked-up by her blood elder brother, Lawal Saleh, in the room where she has been …

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I remain the Lagos PDP state chairman- Dominic

Alao Abiodun Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Dr. Adegbola Dominic, has declared that he remains in office irrespective of the antics of some elements planning to cause disaffection in the party. He spoke with newsmen in Ikoyi during a meeting that attracted PDP Board of Trustees members such as Prince Aderemi Akintoye, …

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NCE tasks government on workers’ training, welfare

By Dirisu Yakubu, Abuja Federal and state governments have been enjoined to prioritise opportunities for public and civil servants to develop and improve on their skills to enable them give their best in service delivery. This was one of the decisions in the Communiqué issued at the end of the 41st National Council on Establishment, …

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Naija News

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a West African country.

Countries bordering Nigeria include the Republic of Niger to the north, the Republic of Chad to the northeast, Cameroon to the east, and Benin to the west.

The southern part of the country lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nigeria has had inhabitants for thousands of years.

The country's other moniker is the "Giant of Africa" due to its economic importance and large population.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.

The country is teeming with diversity, with over 250 ethnic groups and 500 languages.

While the majority of Nigerians identify as either Christian or Muslim, some groups still practice traditional Nigerian religions.

Their constitution defines them as a democratic secular state.

Currently, Nigeria is experiencing an economic boom.

It has one of the largest economies in the world, and it's still growing.

However, with the quality of life, Nigeria is not considered a first-world country.

Its scores on the Human Development Index are low.

Despite this, Nigeria is a country that is on the rise.

It is a founding member of the African Union, and it ranks on the list of the "Next Eleven" economies on track to be the largest in the world.

Nigerians call their country Naija to express their patriotism.

The Naija people pride themselves on their intelligence and strength.

Naija History

Pre-Middle Ages

The early civilisations of northern Nigeria date back to 999 AD, based on records found in cities such as Kano and Katsina.

Also in northern Nigeria was the Nok civilisation, which thrived from 1500 BC to 200 AD.

The terracotta figures that have been discovered in the country are some of the oldest sculptures found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria held out against colonisation for hundreds of years.

Beginning in the 10th century, the Igbo people of the Kingdom of Nri resisted conquest from outsiders until Britain took over in the early 1900s.

Nri is the root of the Igbo culture, which still exists in areas of Nigeria today.

Yoruba, another ethnic group in Nigeria, had major cities in Ife and Oyo.

The earliest signs of settlement in Ife date back to the 9th century.

Pre-British Nigeria

The kingdom of Oyo once stretched from western Nigeria to present-day Togo.

At one point, the Benin empire reached as far as the city of Eko (modern-day Lagos) and beyond.

The Benin empire eventually became the country of Benin.

A significant development came in the 1800s when a successful jihad established the Sokoto Caliphate.

The territory controlled by the Sunni leader Usman dan Fodio lasted until 1903 when European colonisation led to the break-up of the Empire into various colonies.

During the Middle Ages, Nigeria reigned as a trade power.

Trade routes in the country led all over western, northern, and central Africa.

In the 16th century, Nigeria began direct trade with Portuguese explorers.

Much of this trade occurred along the coast.

This period also marked the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade by European powers, including Portugal, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

Nigeria was home to many major slave-trading posts, including the Bight of Biafra, Badagry, the Bight of Benin, and Bonny Island.

Most of the slaves traded here were victims of war and raids.

Numerous slave routes emerged, linking the inland areas with the coastal trading posts.

Some of the prominent slave traders included the Oyo Empire, the Aro Confederacy, and the Sokoto Caliphate.

Slavery was widespread in the Caliphate.

Most slave labours were agricultural, and by the late 1800s, the area held the most significant slave concentration in the world.

It's estimated that the Sokoto Caliphate had over 2 million slaves.

Colonial Nigeria

Great Britain outlawed the international slave trade in 1807 and established the West Africa Squadron in an attempt to stop the slave trade.

They enforced punishment of anyone caught trying to smuggle slaves and re-settled the seized slaves in Freetown, a West African colony.

After Britain established an anti-slave trade leadership in Lagos, a treaty was signed in 1852.

Britain declared Lagos, an official colony in 1861.

In the late 1880s, the British established the Royal Niger Company with Sir George Taubman Goldie as its leader.

Slowly, Britain consolidated its hold in modern-day Nigeria.

The country finally became part of the British Empire in 1901.

Britain allowed the establishment of Christian missions in the colony, but it did not discourage the practice of Islamic religion.

They also did not encourage Christian missions in the Islamic parts of the country.

This established regional differences, which still exist today.

Naija Civil War, Independence, & Democracy

The country gained independence from Britain in 1960 although they retained the Queen as the head of state.

In 1963, the country established the Federal Republic.

Cultural differences between ethnic groups were noticeable.

A series of successive military coups led to repeated overthrows of the government.

In 1967, tensions came to a head and led to a civil war that lasted 30 months.

Estimates put the number of dead anywhere between one to three million people.

Foreign countries such as Britain, France, the Soviet Union, Israel, and Egypt were involved in the conflict as well.

Nigeria remained unstable for over 30 years.

Military groups reigned, and unrest continued until eventually, the country established a democracy.

They adopted a new constitution in 1999, giving birth to the modern nation and government of Nigeria.

While some of the problems from years of military rule remained, the democratisation of the country has put them on a track to becoming a world power.

Naija Government

Nigeria's present-day government is a federal republic.

The structure of governance has been modelled after the United States. Executive power rests with the President.

The country elects presidents by popular vote, with term limits of 2 four-year terms.

General Muhammadu Buhari, the current President, was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 for his second term.

A Senate and House of Representatives comprise the National Assembly, which balances presidential powers.

Their Senate holds 109 Senators - 3 from every state and one from the capital city of Abuja (the capital).

Senators are elected by popular vote.

The House of Representative holds 360 seats.

The number of representatives is based on the population size of each state.

The country's two major parties are the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria and the All Progressive Congress.

The parties are mainly secular and pre-national.

Corruption has plagued the country since its independence, with many critics citing a culture of corruption in the government and electoral processes.

However, Nigeria has demonstrated notable efforts to address governmental corruption.

Naija Geography

Nigeria is the world's 32nd largest country, comparable to Venezuela.

It is about two times the size of the US state of California.

The highest point in the country is Chappal Waddi, a hill that measures 2,419 metres tall.

The principal rivers are the Niger and the Benue, which empty into the Niger Delta.

This delta is one of the world's largest and is home to a large population of Central African mangroves.

In the south, tropical rainforest climates dominate the land with an annual rainfall of over 60 inches.

The southeast holds the Obudu Plateau, and coastal plains characterise the southwest and southeast.

Between the far south and far north is a savannah.

Rainfall is minimal, and the area holds the Guinean forest-savanna mosaic, Sahel savannah, and Sudan savannah.

Lake Chad is in the dry northeast corner of the country, shared with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

Economy

Nigeria is a mixed economy emerging market.

The World Bank states that the country has reached a lower-middle-income status, placing it in a higher tier than most of Africa.

The country's stock exchange is the second largest in the continent and ranked as the 21st in GDP worldwide in 2015.

Nigeria supplies 11% of America's oil imports and is the largest trading partner of the US in sub-Saharan Africa.

The US is its largest foreign investor.

As of 2014, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become the biggest economy in Africa.

Nigeria's most lucrative market is the oil industry.

They are the world's 12th largest producer and the 8th largest exporter of oil.

While most of the oil fields are small, they account for about 62% of production.

The 16 largest fields produce 38% as of 1990.

Agriculture is a significant trade in the country, with about 30% of its people employed in this sector.

Major crops include beans, maize, palm oil, rubber, rice, soybeans, and more.

Cocoa is the leading non-oil exchange earner.

However, the growth of the agricultural sector has failed to keep up with Nigeria's population boom.

The country relies mostly on imports for food.

Society

In less than 20 years, Nigeria saw a 60% population increase.

As of 2017, the population stands at around 191 million people.

Most of the population is under the age of 14, with the second-largest age group being 25-54 years old.

The median age was 18.4 years old in the 2017 census.

The country makes up about 17% of the total population of Africa.

As of 2019, one in six Africans is Nigerian.

Lagos is the largest city in the country, with an estimated population of over 13 million people.

The country has been home to over 521 languages although nine of them are now extinct languages.

The country's official language is English, chosen to help unite the country during British rule.

The Naija people have over 250 ethnicities.

The largest ethnic groups in the country are also some of the oldest - the Hausa, the Yoruba, and the Igbo.

This three account for over 70% of the population.

Other major ethnicities include the Edo, Ijaw, Kanuri, Jukun, and Igala.

These make up 25-30%, and other minority groups comprise the remaining 5%.

The government provides free education, but attendance is not required, so many lower-class groups are under-served.

The education system is made up of six years of primary school, three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary, and 4-6 years of university education in many areas.

Organised crime is an issue in Nigeria, particularly with drug trafficking.

Heroin and cocaine are the main products of the drug trade.

There are also some cults with political power and connections to officials.

Corruption is overwhelmingly prevalent, and piracy is also a problem.

The country has a poor record of human rights.

The US Department of State cites issues of human trafficking and sexual violence.

Discrimination and violence based on race, religion, and ethnicity are also widespread.

In the northern states, Muslim Shari'a law harshly punishes offences that range from homosexuality to drinking alcohol.

The country is well known for its homophobic stances.

As recently as 2014, a signed law decreed that married gay couples could face 14 years in prison.

Those helping them could face ten years.

Although the country signed the Maputo Protocol, a treaty securing women's rights, women in the country still face discrimination.

Forced marriages are common, as is child marriage.

Both are considered in some political platforms.

Tourism

The primary source of tourism for the country is cultural and ethnic events, but the natural scenery of some areas is also a huge draw.

Millennium Park in Abuja is a large, famous park that opened in 2003.

Lagos draws in the most significant number of tourists.

Lagos is making strides to become a global city with power in the world's economy.

Many national and international festivals take place within the city.

It has become an essential part of Naija identity.

The country is also home to many beautiful beaches.

Culture

The main religions of Nigeria are Christianity and Islam, with many ethnic groups also practising traditional Nigerian religions.

The country is known for its influence on African music, especially Afrobeat and palm-wine music.

Native music and jazz have been combined to create compelling sounds for modern music.

The other main cultural component of Nigeria is the food.

Its rich flavours and unique spices create deep flavoured sauces and soups.

The food is vibrant and delicious.

Football is the country's leading sport.

The Super Eagles, the national football team, have reached the World Cup multiple times.

Nigeria is a growing and thriving country.

Its economy, its government, its people, and its culture all have a significant impact on the world.

As they grow, the world changes with them.

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