Africa's most populous nation has been without a leader since President Umaru Yar'Adua was rushed to a hospital in Saudi Arabia late last month. Key initiatives are stalling out.
Nigeria’s fragile Oct. 25 cease-fire with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region has come dangerously close to a violent end, as rebels took credit this weekend for an attack on an oil pipeline.
Fuel carriers this week blocked major fuel distribution points with their trucks to protest a new energy sector deregulation bill waiting for President Umaru Yar’Adua to sign upon return from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
Three weeks into a cease-fire pact, some rebels are turning themselves in. But the main group – MEND – say they'll attack oil facilities on Sept. 15.
During her visit today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to say that stronger relations with the US will depend on better, cleaner governance.
Boko Haram has attacked schools, police stations, and other symbols of state power. While the group is relatively minor, the attacks underscore a widespread public distrust of the government.
Just hours after announcing a unilateral 60-day ceasefire with the government, the rebels threatened to end it.
Chevron has evacuated hundreds of employees from the oil-rich region of Nigeria after a string of attacks on oil pipelines.
MEND militants have united against foreign oil interests in the wake of a military crackdown.