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Elections: U.S. not supporting any candidate, Nigerian diplomat, American officials say

On Wednesday, four senior officials of the United States government and the deputy Chief of Mission at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, made a last-minute ditch to place America’s position on the elections on record. Speaking to the Nigerian community at the Embassy, the Nigerian diplomat, H.M. Hassan; Tobias…

Franklin Ekechukwu

INTERVIEW: What we uncovered about the corruption allegations against Atiku in U.S. — Nigerian-Americans

Last November, a little-known group hosted a press briefing in the name of PDP presidential candidate, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, at the National Press Club in Washington DC. As the group’s official designation – Atiku Diaspora Support Group – suggests, its members are Nigerian-Americans campaigning for the former vice-president’s presidential crusade.…

Uzodinma Asonye, an American of Nigerian origin, is one of the seven prosecutors enlisted by United States special counsel on the Russian collusion allegations, Robert Mueller. [Photo credit: RickWells.US]

How Nigerian-American Uzo Asonye tackled Babangida’s ex-lobbyist in U.S. court

Tuesday July 31, on the ninth floor of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, Uzo Asonye delivered the prosecution’s opening statement to a packed room. It was the first day in the trial of Paul Manafort, renowned lobbyist, election consultant and former chairman of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mr…

U.S. President, Donald Trump and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

Trump to Buhari: ‘Remove all barriers to U.S. trade’

In a move that may signal the beginning of the African phase of ongoing trade dispute, President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration has started talking with President Buhari “about taking down the trade barriers” impeding the United States’ trade with Nigeria. Speaking at a joint press conference with…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during his visit to Jalingo

2019: U.S.-based Nigerians want to unseat Buhari

If three Nigerians based in the U.S. have their way, their names will be on the presidential ballot in the 2019 election. This, however, will be a historical first for Nigeria and a boost for her fast growing diaspora. Last month, Messrs Gabriel Adegboye, Samuel Mbonu and Omoyele Sowore launched…

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoni land

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…

U.S. President, Donald Trump

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…

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…

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…

Nigerian Embassy in Washington

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…