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INTERVIEW: What Buhari govt must do to develop Niger Delta, implement Action Plan – Development Expert

Deirdre LaPin is a development expert currently based in the US. She is an also Africanist scholar who has studied Nigeria for over 45 years.  She lived in Nigeria for extended periods totalling 18 years and for ten years worked in and on the Niger Delta as a managing advisor…

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Top U.S. politicians, CEOs, academics defy Trump, launch pro-Paris Accord coalition

Apple, Bloomberg, Google, Nike, Gap, Tesla, Microsoft and Estée Lauder are some of the Fortune 500 companies that have pledged their continued support for “climate action to meet the Paris Agreement” after President Trump decided to pull the U.S. out of COP21 Paris Climate Accord last week. Within hours of…

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Is Nigeria a failing state?

This year, for the second time in a row, Nigeria is ranked the thirteenth least stable country in the world. The 2017 Fragile States Index (FSI), launched May 15, gave Nigeria a total score of 101.6 out of a possible 120. Individual FSI score is usually any number from zero…

FILE PHOTO: 2015 Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in Nigeria

Nigeria ranked 13th least stable country in the world

For the second year in a row, Nigeria is ranked the 13th least stable country in the world on the Fragile States Index, FSI, released by the Washington DC-based think-tank, Fund for Peace, FFP. The Index measures levels of stability in 178 countries and ranks them according to their vulnerability…

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Absence of Ambassador stalls U.S.- Nigeria relations

The prolonged absence of an accredited diplomat to oversee Nigeria’s affairs in the United States is taking a toll on the relationship between the two countries. It has been 18 months since then outgoing ambassador, Adebowale Adefuye, died unexpectedly in Washington DC. The Buhari administration has not designated a candidate…

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In first military directive in Africa, Trump orders more air strikes

Seventy days into his administration, President Donald Trump has issued his first order for military operation in Africa. On Thursday, Mr. Trump approved a mission proposal from the Pentagon which will allow the U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, to strike at any part of Somalia designated “area of active hostility.” A…

Jennifer G. Cooke

INTERVIEW: Buhari should invite Trump to Nigeria – American Policy Expert

Jennifer Cooke is a director of the Africa Program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS. An expert on Nigerian and African affairs, Ms. Cooke manages a range of projects on political, economic, and security dynamics in Africa, providing research and analysis to U.S. policymakers, members of Congress,…

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UPDATED: In huge, historic upset, Donald Trump wins U.S. presidential election

Against all expectations and permutations, businessman Donald Trump has won U.S. presidential election and would become the 45th president of the United States of America. Mr. Trump has won 289 electoral votes, 71 more than her Democratic Party’s challenger, Hillary Clinton, who has garnered 218 electoral votes. Three states are…

Hilary Clinton to visit Nigeria

Polls show Hillary Clinton heading for Victory

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made their final campaign stop at about 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, polls and pundits across the U.S. are calling the presidential election for Mrs. Clinton albeit with a slim margin of between two and five points. With more than 376 polls from 43 polling…

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Meet Nigerian candidates in today’s U.S. general elections

Americans in Franklin, New Jersey, will vote for Charles Ejike Onyejiaka, a fellow citizen and a transplant from Imo State, Nigeria, as the U.S. general election unfolds today. Mr. Onyejiaka, a democrat, is the incumbent in a two-way race for Ward 3 Councilman seat in Franklin. He was one of…

From Right to Left: Governors Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano, Tanko ‎Almakura of Nassarawa, leader of the delegation and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, President of the multi-billion dollar Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, Governors Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Vice President, (operations) of the IDB, Dr Mansur Mukhtar, Nigeria’s Consular General in Jedda, Ambassador Ahmed Umar and an Executive Director at the IDB, Gambo Shuaibu after a developmental cooperation meeting between a delegation of the19-member Northern States Governors' Forum and President of the IDB at the Bank’s headquarters in Jedda, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

U.S. hosts northern Nigeria governors in Washington

Governors of all 19 states in northern Nigeria are expected to spend three days in Washington DC next week at the invitation of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). They will be participating in the Northern Nigeria Governors’ Symposium from October 18 to 21 with civic leaders from the…

FILE PHOTO: Some Members of the House of Representatives protesting  'Removal of Fuel Subsidy' during a special House Session on the deregulation at the National Assembly in Abuja

U.S. has “solid evidence” of sex scandal against Nigerian lawmakers – Sources

U.S. officials have “solid evidence” of the alleged misconduct Ambassador James Entwistle reported to House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, high-level diplomatic sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. In a letter dated June 9, the U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Entwistle, accused three Nigerian lawmakers – Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi APC),…

Hilary Clinton to visit Nigeria

Hillary Clinton emerges first female U.S. presidential flagbearer

Hillary Rodham Clinton, daughter of a naval officer turned textile salesman and a maid turned clerk typist, is on track to becoming the first female president of the United States of America. With 2,497 delegates as of 11:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton had convincingly clinched enough…

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

U.S. Congress moves to compel Obama to withhold Abacha loot for Boko Haram victims

Lawmakers in the Congress of the United States of America may soon vote on a bill that will allow President Barack Obama and his government to set aside all or part of Abacha loot recovered in the U.S. for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who…

President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk)

Nigerian officials snub US-led anti-corruption groups

Nigerian officials rose from the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting on Wednesday without committing the Buhari administration to a key demand of their American counterparts, membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF), two anti-corruption initiatives promoted by the United States government. Launched in…

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, and U.S. President, Barack Obama in Washington.

U.S. General counters Buhari, says Boko Haram still holds territory in Nigeria

Boko Haram is still holding territory in Northern Nigeria, commander of the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), David Rodriguez, has said. General Rodriguez's claim challenges Nigeria’s official position on the seven-year old insurgency that has so far claimed about 20,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people. Mr. Rodriguez’s assertion comes almost…

FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian soldier pull down a Boko Haram flag as a mark of victory

US resumes training of Nigerian troops for anti-terror war

Fourteen months after a U.S. army-led combat training for Nigerian soldiers was aborted, American authorities have announced a resumption of the programme. The American Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, Tuesday, that the training would resume this February. Speaking on U.S. strategy against Boko Haram at a meeting…

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Donald Trump slumps as Americans kick-start presidential race

Against all expectations, bombastic billionaire and Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, lost the Iowa Caucus, the first primary votes in America’s 2016 general elections, Monday, February 1. It was a humiliating defeat for Mr. Trump who announced his candidacy for President of the United States last June 16, and was…

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FEATURE: What life was like in Lagos Airport on coup day, January 15, 1966 — American then based in Nigeria

Washington D.C. - Fifty years after the first coup d’etat in Nigeria, David Koren, an American Peace Corps Volunteer who flew in from New York that Saturday January 15, 1966, recalls the normalcy of life outside Lagos as the reins of government changed hands that day. Mr. Koren, who first…

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs
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Obama reaches for a security chief with Nigerian roots

At a time stinging anti-immigrant rhetoric is consuming a section of the American political divide, President Barack Obama extended his immigrant narrative in the American political life by picking the son of a Nigerian immigrant, Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, 34, as his Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics. Announcing the…

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Policy, media experts in US caution Nigerian Senate on media muzzle law

At the official launch of PREMIUM TIMES in the United States, Saturday, media and foreign policy experts in the Washington DC corridor urged the Nigerian Senate to reconsider its move to muzzle free speech through passage of the bill to “Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters Connected Therewith” which seeks…

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan asks African ex-leaders to block attempts by incumbents to sit tight in office

Fresh from his recent role as chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Tanzania, President Goodluck Jonathan has called on retired African leaders to encourage sitting presidents to follow their country’s rules on tenure limit. The former president spoke on Thursday as the sole featured speaker at a Washington DC…

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Jonathan washes hand off arms procurement scandal

Former President Goodluck Jonathan at a forum in Washington DC, Thursday, waded into the arms procurement scandal surrounding the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, saying his government never awarded any contract in the range of $2 billion dollars. "I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of…

Mr James P. McAnulty, former deputy chief of mission, US Embassy, Abuja, waits his turn to sign the condolence register.) Plus Ambassador Ade Adefuye

Tributes pour as Washington gathers for late Ambassador Adefuye

For those who are not aware of the high regard members of the diplomatic and diaspora communities reserved for Nigeria’s late Ambassador to the United States, the first sign was the congested street side parking on International Court that Thursday evening. At 6:00 pm on a work day, that northwest…

Late Ambassador Adefuye's family with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Family, colleagues, friends honour late Ambassador Adefuye

Nigerians, Africans and members of United States’ cultural and diplomatic communities came together Thursday in Washington DC to pay respect to late Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye. More than 300 guests turned out for a memorial service hosted by Nigerian Embassy staff and members of Adefuye family to celebrate the life…