22 January, 2020
Experts outline what SMEs must do to attract fund, investors in 2020
One of the challenges Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have continued to face is access to funding. This has been a major concern for many budding entrepreneurs, and in order to bridge the gap between funding and SMEs, business experts at the Nairametrics 2020 Economic Outlook discussed factors discouraging investors and what SMEs need to do to attract funding and investors…

21 January, 2020
Devaluation: Experts highlight trends clouding economy’s growth in 2020
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may eventually devalue the naira in 2020, as experts highlighted several disturbing trends clouding growth prospects in the Nigerian economy…

18 January, 2020
Nigeria no longer leading oil producer
Economic and financial experts at the on-going 2020 Nairametrics Economic Outlook (#Nairametrics2020EO) have said that Nigeria needs to step up its game to revive the economy, as it has lost its space among the world Top 10 oil producers…

14 January, 2020
West African ‘Eco’ could add more woes to Nigeria’s troubled economy
There are several economic implications that a likely move by Nigeria to adopt a shared currency with other West African countries would have on its economy, and policymakers must take note…

13 January, 2020
Financial Times
Nigeria ratifies finance law in boost for small business
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a new finance bill that seeks to increase government revenue while bolstering the struggling small business sector in Africa’s largest economy…

11 January, 2020
Global Voices
Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?
United States President Donald Trump has received low ratings across the world for his handling of international affairs — but not in some African countries like Nigeria…

8 January, 2020
Renewed pirates attacks raise fresh concerns on cost of shipping
There are concerns that the cost of doing business in Nigeria and other nations in the Gulf of Guinea might shot up, going by the renewed threat of maritime piracy. A maritime security firm Dryad Global, said the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Guinea are now the world’s most dangerous for international shipping, with at least nine vessels attacked and 89 crew hijacked for ransom so far in 2019…

5 January, 2020
Nigeria faces challenges of politicking, mounting debt in 2020
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is due to complete his second and final four-year term in 2023 and the battle over who will succeed him is already heating up, placing further pressure on an already strained economy…

The Nation
Counting gains of border closure
In the past the federal government had closed the land borders, especially around Cotonou a few times. But no one took the government seriously when it closed the land borders across the country last August. When the move was conceived and subsequently perfected, the last thing on people’s mind was that it would be opened in a matter of days…

31 December, 2019
Nigeria in 2020: SB Morgen perspective
The Nigerian economy is expected to be challenged in the year 2020 and possibly beyond. This could be attributed to policies implemented based on impulse and not facts in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, a report from SB Morgen Research disclosed…

We are still studying ‘Eco’ adoption by ECOWAS members- FG
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that the Federal Government is monitoring proceedings of the planned currency change, Eco. The currency change involves eight West African countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)…

27 December, 2019
Al Jazeera
Maritime piracy increases business costs in the Gulf of Guinea
In early December, the Nave Constellation supertanker was hijacked. Pirates boarded the fully loaded ship, stole its oil cargo, and kidnapped 19 members of its crew about 77 nautical miles (143km) from Bonny Island, a loading terminal in Rivers State, Nigeria…

VAT hike, closed borders: Nigerians may face hard times in 2020
The year 2020 may bite the average Nigerian hard with increased VAT, a potential electricity tariff increase and the continued effects of the border closure. In all, the Central Bank of Nigeria has stood valiantly defending the naira and heavily depleting the country’s foreign reserves. Defending the naira cost more than $3.3bn in the second half of 2019…

26 December, 2019
The Sun
How to end electoral violence in Nigeria — Stakeholders
The orgy of violence witnessed before, during and after last month’s gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa brings to fore once again the need to curb the death toll and mayhem associated with voting in Nigeria over the years…

Sorrows, tears and blood…The most distressing tragedies of the year
President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Denja Abdullahi exhibited proof that he has no business leading an association of creatives via his cruel and unusual treatment of Ernest O. Ògúnyemí, a budding writer whose only error was winning a prose prize for young writers organized by the ANA…

23 December, 2019
SBM says it got 60% of its 2019 predictions right. Here’s its 2020 outlook
An intelligence platform which got 60 percent of its 2019 predictions correctly and was partially correct on 14 percent gives its outlook for next year. Among other things, Lagos-based SBMorgen correctly predicted average oil price, the impact of regulation on Fintechs, fiscal problems of the FG-although it was wrong on its prediction that Nigeria would see another recession in 2019…

Devaluation, subsidy removal among biggest predictions for Nigeria in 2020
If President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 economic decisions were anything to go by, 2020 could be a wild ride with the government moving all the pieces on whims rather than fact…

21 December, 2019
Christmas dinner in Nigeria this year misses one key ingredient
Nigerians may have to do without their favorite delicacy this Christmas. Jollof, a mixture of rice, tomatoes and spices, is practically a national dish in Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous country with almost 200 million people. It’s particularly coveted by the poor at Christmas and other festive periods, when increased demand for its ingredients contributes to seasonal price rises…

20 December, 2019
Why Jollof rice may have low patronage during Christmas celebration
As Nigerians wait for the 2019 Christmas in few days, it appears cooking ‘Jollof rice,’ the usual meal that comes with the celebration, may not be an option for most Nigerians…

16 December, 2019
The Africa Report
Nigeria’s loss is Ghana’s gain
December is a busy month for airlines flying between London and West Africa. Many first and second-generation West Africans, living in Europe or elsewhere, will fly home to celebrate the holidays with their extended families. Airlines, like British Airways (BA), will make a killing on this route by offering return tickets to Accra and Lagos for as much as $2,400 (£1,800)…

14 December, 2019
Nigeria’s Buhari resurrects hard-man habits to curb dissent
Evoking memories of Nigeria’s three decades of military rule, the repression risks undoing progress Africa’s top oil producer has made since the restoration of multiparty democracy in 1999…

7 December, 2019
Guardian Nigeria
How Nigerian Twitter helped keke rider raise over ₦1 million to pay hospital bills
When Emmanuel Nweke’s wife Gift was delivered of a baby through a Caesarean section (CS) on November 5, he was happy the child and his wife were in good condition. But there was a problem. The hospital bill was way more than he could afford. His monthly income was too meagre to support such a burden…

2 December, 2019
African Business
Nigeria border closure causes economic shock
The unexpected nature of the announcement gave traders and communities little time to prepare for the economic shock that followed. In October, Nigeria – which shares boundaries with Benin, Niger and Cameroon – closed all of its land borders to the movement of goods in a bid to tackle smuggling…

1 December, 2019
Premium Times
Nigerian journalists, CSOs to discuss shrinking civic space
A cohort of civil society and media organisations are set to hold a dialogue session to discuss the increasingly adverse environment within which media and civil society organisations operate in Nigeria, especially in the last couple of months…

28 November, 2019
Google and IBM don’t care about college degrees – Should African tech companies follow suit?
Go through school, study well, get that degree, land a great job and attend to business – an age-old maxim which many wonder whether or not has merit. Be that as it may, the need for knowledge, experience and order keeps university classrooms filled, even too much for such citadels’ own good…

26 November, 2019
The Nation
Wanted: Commission for electoral violence
The Women Leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Abuh, died on November 18, while resting in her home. Reports have it that some political thugs stormed her residence, set the house ablaze and prevented her from exiting while the house was completely destroyed…

Nigerian Government moves to cage the last untamed media space
In October 2017, radio presenter Nelly Kalu and SBM Intelligence partner, Cheta Nwanze were live on air hosting a midday talk show where they were discussing the historical account and fallout of the Asaba Massacre on the 50th anniversary of the terrible event

25 November, 2019
Business AM
Border closure leaves Nigeria’s trade sector in recession
After three quarters of tepid growth of less than one percent, Nigeria’s trade sector, the second largest employer of labour, which has been in recession since Q2 of 2019, has suffered further decline, due to the closure of the nation’s land borders, a study by the Africa programme at Chatham House has revealed…

22 November, 2019
Financial Times
Special Report Nigeria: Market analysts assess Nigeria’s oil and non-oil economic prospects
Nigerians are set to become poorer for the fourth year in a row, with economic growth, estimated by the IMF at 2.3 percent, undershooting the 2.6 percent increase in population…

Special Report Nigeria: What’s in store for Nigeria as Buhari launches interventionist second term?
In August, President Muhammadu Buhari tightened Nigeria’s notoriously porous land borders to goods. It was a neat distillation of Mr Buhari’s approach to running Africa’s largest economy: radically interventionist, infuriating to the free-market-minded Lagos business elite and thrilling to his most ardent supporters. Like many of his policies since he was first elected president in 2015, it produced mixed results and unintended consequences.

20 November, 2019
Beyond Kogi, Bayelsa election imbroglio
For the umpteenth time, Nigeria’s democratic institution on Saturday faced a critical test of integrity, but it ended in a crushing debacle. The elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states were an opportunity to showcase the extent to which the democratic culture has taken root in the country. Regrettably, after 20 years of false starts, the verdict was another depressing letdown…

19 November, 2019
Nigeria’s inflation hits 11.61% highest in 17 months
Inflation rate for October 2019 rises for two consecutive months to 11.61 percent from 11.24 percent in September, the highest in 17 months, on the back of surging food prices…

15 November, 2019
ICIR Nigeria
CSOs urge FG to prevent violence in Bayelsa, Kogi elections
A group of civil society organisations in Nigeria, under the Joint Action Civil Society Coalition, has urged the federal government to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties during the Saturday, November 16 gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States…

13 November, 2019
Small businesses groan amidst Ease Of Doing Business
The afternoon was lively and the sun beamed with unrestrained elegance but the mien of Gladys Etoniru, 58, a trader at the Dugbe Market in Ibadan, Oyo State, did not reflect the brightness of the day as she answered the reporter’s question…

11 November, 2019
As Nigeria contravenes ECOWAS and AFCTA protocols
In contravention with the The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the African Continental Free Trade Area, AFCTA, Protocols that allows for movement of people and goods, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of Nigeria’s border closure with its neighbouring countries to 31 January 2020…

8 November, 2019
The Cable
The road trip challenge: Will Fashola accept it or not?
Will he take the challenge or ignore it? This has been the question on the lips of many Nigerians since a member of the house of representatives challenged Babatunde Fashola, minister of works, to a 90-day tour to ascertain the state of roads in the country…

4 November, 2019
Premium Times
Documents show ex-Gov. Amosun illegally imported arms, ammunition
On the night of June 25, Ibikunle Amosun, a serving senator and former governor of Ogun State, issued a lengthy rebuttal to a PREMIUM TIMES story that exposed his curious surrendering of a massive cache of arms and ammunition to the police in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital…

2 November, 2019
ABC Radio Australia
Nigeria, the powerhouse of Africa
Nigeria is the economic powerhouse of Africa, with by far the biggest population, and a role as an arts and music hub.But it has not been able to achieve its potential…

30 October, 2019
Bonds & Loans
“Nigeria is broke, but it’s not acting like it”
All is not well in the largest economy on the African continent. Nigeria faces an array of issues, largely the result of internal political problems. Bonds & Loans speaks with Cheta Nwanze, Head of Research at SBM Intelligence, about public debt, central bank independence, and growing political risk in Nigeria…

29 October, 2019
Why Nigeria’s unemployment situation remains ‘frightening’ and could become ‘catastrophic’
Nigeria overtook India as having the largest number of people living in extreme poverty — 87 million — according to the Washington-based Brookings Institution…

28 October, 2019
News Central TV
International day for eradication of poverty
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989. The Convention recognizes the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development…

24 October, 2019
Nigeria improves in World Bank ease of doing business ranking, but is it easier to do business there?
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, improved its ranking on the latest World Bank ease of doing business index, but some analysts say that doesn’t necessarily mean an improved economy — and that the country still has anti-business policies…

Nigerian roads have become nightmares, Rep laments
The House of Representatives Chairman of the Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, Mr Olufemi Bamisile on Wednesday said bad roads in the country had become nightmares to the users…

21 October, 2019
Africa’s biggest oil producer can’t beat fuel-imports addiction
Africa’s biggest oil producer is trying to get its refineries working in an attempt to wean itself off imported fuel. Yet again…

17 October, 2019
Nigerians spend 60% more for a pot of Jollof rice than 3yrs ago
Nigerians are spending 60 percent more on average for a family pot of Jollof rice than they did three years ago, according to the 2019 July Jollof Index by SBM Intelligence, Nigeria’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, and experts have blamed it on the partial closure of the borders…

Daily Maverick
Nigeria’s ever-present hum
Nigeria has the most staggering history of failing to realise its potential when it comes to generating and delivering electricity to its people. The people have found a workaround, in the form of widespread use of generators – which brings its own, sometimes fatal, problems. As well as taking a heavy toll on the environment…

Premium Times
Buhari says Boko Haram aiming ‘soft targets’, but Nigeria loses 2,006 soldiers in three years
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday repeated his claim that Boko Haram has been defeated and reduced to aiming “soft targets”, but a new report says the group has targeted and killed at least 2,006 Nigerian soldiers in the last three years…

14 October, 2019
Wee Tracker
Inside Nigeria where entrepreneurship is not a solution but the sign of a big problem
Over the years, the benefit and impact of entrepreneurship have, time and again, proven quite instrumental to uplifting societies and improving economies…

8 October, 2019
The Cable
Report: Boko Haram crisis returning to pre-2015 levels with new strategy
The Boko Haram crisis is worsening and returning to pre-2015 levels when the insurgents held territories in the north-east, a report by SB Morgen says…

7 October, 2019
African Business Magazine
Dangote’s oil refinery faces delay
In the decades since the discovery of oil in the 1950s, Nigeria has struggled to progress from merely exporting crude to transforming itself into a regional hub for refined products…

Super camps make Nigerian Army ‘less nimble’ against terrorists – Report
The super camp strategy recently adopted by the Nigerian Army in its fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast is making the troops “less nimble,” a new report said…

New Telegraph
Nigeria imports, fuels generators with ₦10trn in 2 years
The importation and fuelling of generators by banks, corporate organisations and homes in Nigeria has gulped a whopping $32.6 billion (over ₦10 trillion) in the last two years as the Africa’s biggest economy struggles with gross inefficiency of power supply…

6 October, 2019
Pulse Nigeria
The new ‘Joker’ movie is a warning to Nigeria and other African nations of the powder keg that is neglected youth
The Joker is a product of DC Comics who made his debut in 1940. Also known as the Clown Prince of Crime, he calls the fictional Gotham city home and shares it with superhero Batman. Gotham is crime infested, run by gangs, has inept leadership, poor infrastructure, and glaring income inequality. Many would liken it to Lagos city…

3 October, 2019
Buhari denies third term bid
A full three years before the next elections, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has been forced to deny reports that he will be seeking a third term in 2023…

2 October, 2019
Nigeria’s Buhari visits S.Africa after xenophobic violence
That Nigeria’s 2019 general election is still seen as an outlier – for good or bad – amongst the six general elections conducted in the Fourth Republic of the nation is not a misplace misgiving…

Petroleum Economist
Nigeria’s refining renaissanceThe 62-year old shoulders of Aliko Dangote support, to all intents and purposes, the lofty ambitions and desperate hopes of Nigeria in boosting its refining capacity, thanks to his new refinery under construction in a free trade zone on the outskirts of Lagos, its commercial capital…

30 September, 2019
The Cable
Moving forward from Nigeria’s flawed 2019 elections
That Nigeria’s 2019 general election is still seen as an outlier – for good or bad – amongst the six general elections conducted in the Fourth Republic of the nation is not a misplace misgiving…

27 September, 2019
TRT World
Can national dialogue bring peace to Cameroon’s Anglophone regions?
The recent sentencing of separatists is likely to fuel more anger and resentment among the Anglophone population and alienate them from the Francophone-dominated government, but the dialogue can reverse hard feelings…

26 September, 2019
Nigeria’s Buhari courts market advice he may not heed
A new advisory panel created by President Muhammadu Buhari could usher the reforms needed to breathe life into Nigeria’s economy during his second term…

23 September, 2019
Nigeria runs on generators and nine hours of power a day
Kabir Sabo’s sewing machine hums busily as he hems a “babariga,” a popular dress in northern Nigeria, in his small corner shop on the outskirts of Abuja. It can hardly be heard over the sound of Nigeria’s worst problem…

Investors King
Cost of imported goods to surge in 2020
Costs of imported goods are expected to surge next year as the United Nations shipping agency, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), get ready to enforce its low Sulphur policy…

20 September, 2019
The Africa Report
Nigeria unlikely to benefit from Saudi oil price shock
As Saudi Arabia and Iran face off in another round of hostilities, Nigeria is caught in the middle and, like other oil-producing nations, hopes to profit from the coming storm…

What is really going on with Nigeria’s new VAT and electronic processing fees?
The news cycle in Nigeria has been dominated lately by several regulations introduced by varying financial institutions. First, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) announced a new 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on all online transactions from January 2020. Then the federal government unveiled plans to increase the VAT paid on all goods services to 7.5% from the current 5%. This directive is pending National Assembly approval to become law…

18 September, 2019
The Africa Report
Nigeria: the politics behind Buhari’s new economic team
President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a new star-studded team of economic advisors comprising some of Nigeria’s most independent-minded economists…

17 September, 2019
What African central bankers will discuss in the next 10 days
Central banks in sub-Saharan Africa, already missing out on the global monetary-easing parade, just got one more reason to stay on the sidelines…

Nigeria’s diesel-dependent economy braces for clean-fuel rules
Nigeria’s frenetic commercial capital, Lagos, is plunged into darkness several times a day. Then its generators roar, and the lights flood back on…

16 September, 2019
Sahara Reporters
Research firm predicts there will be no windfall for Nigeria
An analysis on the impact of the attack on two oil processing plants in Saudi Arabia, which took out five per cent of the world’s daily petroleum supply, concludes that there will be no windfall for Nigeria…

7 September, 2019
Premium Times
Are Facebook, Google truly spying on you? Here’s a new clue
Tech users are now growing increasingly worried over who monitors their private conversation and activities online…

5 September, 2019
New York Times
South African riots over ‘xenophobia’ prompt backlash across Africa
Pop stars have announced a boycott. Air Tanzania has suspended flights to Johannesburg. Madagascar and Zambia are refusing to send their soccer teams. Nigeria has recalled its ambassador and pulled out of a major economic forum…

4 September, 2019
Financial Times
South African businesses in Nigeria face retaliatory attacksAfrica’s largest telecoms operator said it had temporarily closed hundreds of shops in Nigeria, as South African-owned businesses were targeted in retaliation for the spate of xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa…

2 September, 2019
Al Jazeera
UN calls for urgent action to end violence in Nigeria
The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned rising violence across Nigeria and a “lack of accountability” for perpetrators…

Nigerians living from hand to mouth as discretionary spending collapses
A new study on the consumption pattern of Nigerian households which tells an old story of deep-seated poverty and living on the tethers of squalor suggests the country’s “large domestic market” is big for nothing…

29 August, 2019
Is Nigeria ready for the new world order?
With Trump doubling down on his ‘America First’ policies and Europe dealing with its troubles, Nigeria needs to adjust to avoid trouble times…

28 August, 2019
The Guardian
Nigerians back private ranches, Oyo rejects open grazing
Nigerians have urged the Federal and State Governments to facilitate the establishment of private ranches as part of solutions to frequent clashes and loss of lives and property associated with the open grazing of cattle…

20 August, 2019
Nigerians who earn less than minimum wage spend 95% on food
The latest report released by SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence shows that Nigerians who earn less than the newly approved ₦30,000 minimum wage spend 95% of their income on food consumption…

15 August, 2019
The Guardian
Is Nigeria subsidising fuel consumption in West Africa?
Boasting a population of 25 million, the markets of Cameroon are full to bursting. Along with dirt roads vermillion, turquoise and saffron handwoven mats are spread out as far as the eye can see, every empty space between them dotted with bowls towering with tomatoes, pepper, onions and garlic. Peppery smoke from suya stands billows over DIY wooden shacks as sweat glazed men and women buy and sell anything that can fit in your hand. And for every person filtering through bowls of gold necklaces, fanning themselves outside Bukka huts and wandering along the red clay roads, there are two barrels of illegally smuggled oil…

Premium Times
Buratai goes tough on top officers over sack of key brigade
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has taken punitive measures against senior military officers under whose watch a key brigade fell to Boko Haram terrorists last week…

11 August, 2019
Strange times in Nigeria
These appear to be strange times in Nigeria, when everything seems to work against the country. With high unemployment rate currently around 23 percent, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, many Nigerian youths have become easy preys to people who recruit them for unwholesome activities…

9 August, 2019
The Cable
Nigeria sells the cheapest petrol in West Africa — recipe for smuggling
The Nigerian government has been subsidising the price of petrol for decades. This has ensured that petrol has remained cheap and affordable for citizens of Africa’s most populous nation; so cheap that it is the cheapest in West Africa…

8 August, 2019
Tech Cabal
Proposed five percent tax on e-commerce transactions could hinder growth
In a recent interview, Babatunde Fowler, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), disclosed that his agency is considering imposing a new tax specifically for e-commerce…

6 August, 2019
Premium Times
Buhari’s govt, major beneficiary of protests, tightening the noose on freedom
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s now famous statement about being the most insulted president in the world who gave Nigerians “total freedom” they would miss after he left office, may sound somewhat hyperbolic…

5 August, 2019
Why Nigeria needs to stop the cycle of flawed elections
In the run-up to the last general elections in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari emphasised his government’s resolve to ensure that the elections were free and fair…

1 August, 2019
Consumer spend more on jollof rice as it costs ₦5,974 per pot
Nigerians are now spending more to prepare a pot of Jollof than they did in 2016, thanks to the price of vegetable oil which drove the cost to ₦5,974, data by SBM Intelligence, a research arm of SB Morgen that tracks prices of key household items across major markets in Nigeria revealed…

30 July, 2019
The National UAE
Outlawed Nigerian Shiite group vows to continue protests
A leader of an outlawed Shiite group in Nigeria has vowed that protests will continue, despite the death of hundreds of its supporters, after the government listed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as a terrorist organisation…

29 July, 2019
Daily Post Nigeria
Nigeria’s 2019 elections and US visa restriction
While the tribunal process contesting the election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 Nigeria poll is still ongoing, the United States announced the imposition of a visa restriction on individuals who undermined the democratic process in Nigeria…

The Nation
Validation quest?
From the prism of dispassion, the visa ban slammed in last week by Washington on Nigerian political actors who violated due processes of the last general election should be seen as a moral rebuke directed at the elemental desperation and primitivity that hobbles our electoral culture…

Test of will with frightening consequences
In December 2015, a group of Shia Muslims crowded Sokoto Road, near Zaria, for a religious procession. Around this time, a convoy including Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai was attempting to navigate through the crowded road…

26 July, 2019
The Africa Report
In Nigeria, the police are as friendly as your pockets are deep
The ordeals of the Dakolo family show just how difficult it can be to legally challenge the rich and powerful in Nigeria…

25 July, 2019
Quartz Africa
Trump US State Dept issues travel ban on Nigerian politicians
Ahead of Nigeria’s general elections back in February, the United States government said it would consider placing visa restrictions on individuals who undermine the process or are involved in organizing electoral violence…

24 July, 2019
The Guardian
US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians
The United States Government Tuesday said it has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerian politicians, which it said undermined Nigerian democracy…

20 July, 2019
Premium Times
Miyetti Allah denounces sister group urging fightback in Southern Nigeria
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) on Saturday condemned a flurry of inflammatory comments credited to its sister group, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore…

18 July, 2019
The Guardian
Nigeria may not survive post-oil economy – SBM report
With most part of the world trying to move away from oil to adopt alternative and renewable energy, Nigeria’s future in the post-oil world looks rather bleak, according to SBM Intelligence…

Nigeria’s economic collapse is imminent, beyond its oil based economy
Nigeria’s dependence on proceeds from crude oil revenues puts its economic survival beyond the post-oil economy in a precarious state…

14 July, 2019
Premium Times
How N-Power beneficiaries abscond from duty, abuse opportunity in three states
Seated behind a wooden desk in the fairly large room that serves as the principal’s office, Alima Muthar spoke calmly into the phone…

11 July, 2019
TRT World
Can Africa’s free trade agreement transform the continent?
There was spontaneous applause as Africa’s largest economy Nigeria signed up to a deal that experts say could provide far-reaching benefits, but only if it is implemented properly…

9 July, 2019
Al Jazeera
Parliament on lockdown after shots fired
Nigeria’s National Assembly was on lockdown on Tuesday after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and a group of Shia Muslim protesters…

Premium Times
How new African trade agreement Buhari signed will impact Nigeria
On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in Niger Republic. The president was in Niger for the African Union summit…

4 July, 2019
African Business Magazine
Nigeria woos private investors to improve road infrastructure
Troubled by the state of the national road network, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is trying to woo private investors…

3 July, 2019
Will West Africa’s ECO currency succeed?
ECOWAS, the regional bloc of countries in West Africa, has just revived an old dream: adopting a single currency across member states…

30 June, 2019
Al Jazeera
West Africa bloc adopts ‘ECO’ as name of planned shared currency
Leaders of a 15-nation West African bloc have called for greater structural reforms as they step up efforts for the introduction of a shared currency, aimed to be launched in 2020…

29 June, 2019
Report suggests ECOWAS region may never achieve a single currency
As Leaders of West African countries converge for the highly anticipated Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit today, 29th June in Abuja, the recommendation for the single regional currency is expected to be approved. However, huge obstacles are in the way to halt any chance of a single currency agreement among the countries…

24 June, 2019
Petroleum Economist
Wave of delta kidnappings rings alarm bells
Fears that militant violence and sabotage in the Niger delta are about to take off again has been fuelled by a spate of kidnappings of oil industry workers over recent weeks…

20 June, 2019
Upstream Online
Hopes London talks can net $7 billion of foreign direct investment into sector
Nigeria aims to attract some $7 billion of foreign direct investment into the upstream oil and gas sector based on deals under negotiation in London this week, according to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) managing director…

11 June, 2019
CNBC Africa
Ahmad Lawan elected as Nigeria’s Senate President
Legislators of Nigeria’s 9th National Assembly have elected Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President of the upper chambers. While Senator Ovie Omo-Agege clinched the position of the Deputy Senate President…

10 June, 2019
Relief Web
Widespread violence ushers in President’s new term
The Nigeria elections in 2019 that brought President Muhammadu Buhari back into office for a second term were marred by political violence, some of it by soldiers and police officers, Human Rights Watch said…

5 June, 2019
Nigeria’s oil thieves roar back even as militants kept in check
Just as Nigeria gets to grips with militants who brought the nation’s oil industry to its knees a few years ago, another group of longstanding foes are slowly making a comeback: thieves…

3 June, 2019
Premium Times
How Buhari’s Tradermoni, CCT, could ‘ve raised financial inclusion
Shuaibu Sani from Gidan Tsika village in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State is a beneficiary of the government Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme. From the ₦10,000 he is paid bi-monthly, he manages to save ₦600…

31 May, 2019
Focus on Africa (Audio)
The African Continental Free Trade Area is now in full effect, after 23 countries out of 44 signed an agreement to create one African market which could potentially be worth trillions of dollars…

29 May, 2019
Voter apathy clouds Buhari’s second term as Nigerian President
When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari begins his second term on Wednesday, he’ll do so with the blessing of just 8% of the nation’s 201 million people…

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term, facing key security challenges
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took the reins of leadership for another term on Wednesday, against a tense backdrop of insecurity and economic uncertainty…

28 May, 2019
Financial Times
Muhammadu Buhari’s challenge to keep Nigeria’s lights on
Babatunde Fashola’s office was buzzing like so many Nigerian workplaces, humming and whirring as diesel generators and batteries clicked on when the power cut out. That he is Nigeria’s power minister was an irony not lost on him…

25 May, 2019
Nigeria’s middle class keep emigrating to Canada, Australia
When Timi and Ehis got married in a small, intimate ceremony in Lagos last October, it marked the start of their new lives together—but it was not one they planned to live in Nigeria…

24 May, 2019
Daily Post
2019 Elections: Death of 626 Nigerians unacceptable – Stakeholders
Nigerians across the country have described as most unfortunate and condemnable the death of over 600 Nigerians during the just concluded general elections…

626 killed in 2019 elections ― Report
No less than 626 persons were reportedly killed in the event leading to and during the conduct of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria…

20 May, 2019
The National
Muhammadu Buhari promises to take Nigeria to the ‘next level’ after winning second term
It was billed as a close contest between two septuagenarian heavyweights vying to lead Africa’s largest democracy. But after a one-week delay, accusations of political chicanery from both sides, and election-related violence that led to at least 39 deaths, incumbent Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari secured a second term in office over major opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar…

19 May, 2019
Premium Times
Tension in Nigeria as Buhari govt accuses opposition of subversive tactics
The Nigerian government’s media onslaught over purported opposition plots to seize power with extralegal tactics could have a serious implication for the nation’s already fragile stability, security experts warned on Thursday…

10 May, 2019
What SBM’s Jollof index says about inflation in Nigeria’s regions
For the first time in four years since SBM Intelligence, an arm of SB Morgen, started tracking prices of key household items across major markets in Nigeria, Onitsha and Awka collected the mantle of the most pocket-friendly cities to cook jollof from Lagos…

8 May, 2019
Al Jazeera
Nigeria tribunal to hear petitions on president’s election win
A panel of five judges at Nigeria’s appellate court opened a hearing on Wednesday into legal challenges filed by the country’s main opposition against the outcome of February’s presidential polls, as a throng of protesting women converged outside…

BBC Pidgin
Jollof rice cheap pass to cook for Onitsha and Awka inside Nigeria
City of Onitsha and Awka for Anambra State for south east Nigeria don become di cheapest city to cook jollof rice for di kontri according to report by SBM Intelligence…

30 April, 2019
Nigeria’s oil exports surge blighted by abductions, outages
A spate of disruptions and security concerns, including kidnappings, are threatening to hinder surging Nigerian oil exports…

29 April, 2019
Africa’s largest oil producer aims to double production
Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria, is dusting off an ambitious plan to double its oil production by 2025, aiming to pump as much as 4 million bpd in six years’ time—a goal that analysts think may be too ambitious for the country to achieve…

25 April, 2019
Nigeria revives plan to double crude oil output, triple refining
Nigeria plans to almost double oil production and triple its refining capacity by 2025, reviving previous pledges that turned out to be hard to achieve in practice…

16 April, 2019
Experts advocate data use, policy reform to tackle insecurity in Nigeria
Security experts in the country have identified data collation and usage as necessary tool to tackle insecurity in the country, while calling for a reform of policies in the sector. The pundits spoke yesterday at Securex West Africa Conference in Lagos…

News Agency of Nigeria
Experts: Data essential to tackle security challenges in Nigeria
Security experts on Tuesday said data gathering and usage were very essential to tackling security challenges in Nigeria…

9 April, 2019
Security News Desk
Securex West Africa 2019; stand highlights
Calling all Securex West Africa 2019 visitors! Tomorrow will mark ONE week exactly until we open our doors for the 9TH edition of the region’s largest exhibition and conference for Security, Fire and Safety…

6 April, 2019
Nigeria’s suspended Chief Justice plans to retire, lawyer says
Walter Onnoghen has decided to step down as Nigeria’s chief justice, more than a month after he was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on the eve of general elections over allegations that he falsely declared his assets…

3 April, 2019
Premium Times
Why ‘Third Force’ failed in 2019 elections
Before the Presidential and National Assembly polls in the 2019 general elections, there was an expectation that a ‘third force party’ would emerge to challenge the dominance of the two main political parties in Nigeria…

29 March, 2019
Upstream Online
‘Progress’ on border dispute
A senior United Nations executive claimed that “remarkable progress” had been made in demarcating Cameroon’s disputed maritime boundary with Nigeria after the handover in 2002 of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to the Yaounde-based government…

26 March, 2019
Premium Times
Reversing Nigeria’s violent tendencies
A few nights ago, I watched in horror as a woman, the mother of two young children, wailed on national television. Her husband, a Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer, Ochigbo Ogah, had been brutally murdered by policemen for violating traffic rules in Abuja, the nation’s capital…

21 March, 2019
Upstream Online
Quick step is made for NPDC facility
State-owned Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) is in the market for an early production facility for deployment in OML 11, write Barry Morgan and Iain Esau. Days after Nigeria President Muhammad Buhari ordered NPDC to assume operatorship of the licence…

20 March, 2019
Finacial Times
Nigeria set to sell down stake in oil ventures to boost finances
Nigeria wants to sell part of its share in oil ventures with international companies as President Muhammadu Buhari advances his post-election plans to boost state finances and accelerate energy reforms…

New Zealand attack: Right-wing media uses Nigeria Christian killings
The repercussions of the deadly attack on Muslims in a mosque by a self-proclaimed white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand are reaching Nigeria…

15 March, 2019
Upstream Online
Shell to pass OML-11 operatorship to NNPC
Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari has unilaterally ordered operatorship of prized onshore concession OML-11, located in the restive region of Ogoniland, to pass from Shell to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation…

12 March, 2019
CNBC Africa
Code of Conduct Tribunal orders daily hearing of Onnoghen’s trial
Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Tribunal says the trial of Nigeria’s suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen will continue on a daily basis. According to the Chairman of the Tribunal, this move was made to ensure speedy delivery of justice. Cheta Nwanze, Head of Research of SBM Intelligence joins CNBC Africa to discuss this and analyses Nigeria’s electoral process…

10 March, 2019
The Punch
Elections and ethnic-related violence
Elections have a way of producing the worst in Nigerians. In this wise, pent-up tribal rivalry rose to the fore during and after the presidential and National Assembly polls on February 23. Hoodlums, purportedly canvassing the cause of a political party, not only violently disrupted polling in Okota area of Lagos, they also stole ballot boxes, destroyed electoral materials and attacked some voters. The miscreants caused panic a few days later by threatening and attacking Igbo traders in some parts of the state. This is disquieting, a toxic dimension to our politics that law enforcement agencies should nip in the bud….

8 March, 2019
A hedge fund steps into Nigeria’s $9 billion corporate dispute
Nigeria potentially faces the largest financial liability in its history, and a hedge fund is coming to collect. The legal and political drama involves a deal between the country and a tiny natural gas company that was scuttled after the sudden death of Nigeria’s president in 2010…

Nigerians will head to the polls Saturday to elect governors
Nigerians will head to the polls Saturday to elect state governors and representatives to state assemblies. Elections will be held for 29 governors and all 36 state assembly houses…

7 March, 2019
Premium Times
Lagos and the problem of low voter turnout in Nigerian elections
Despite the record number of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) collected ahead of this year’s general elections, Nigeria recorded lower voters turnout in the February 23 presidential election, compared to that of 2015…

2 March, 2019
Election as theatre of violence
For many months before February 23, 2019, the world had focused attention on Nigeria as the country inched towards its crucial elections…

28 February, 2019
Triumphant Buhari can forget honeymoon as Nigeria woes mount
Muhammadu Buhari will have little time to celebrate his resounding victory in Nigeria’s presidential election before facing the multitude of problems dogging Africa’s biggest oil producer…

Upstream Online
Doubts cast over vote for Buhari in Nigeria
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has won a second term in an electoral process that SB Morgen’s Nigerian risk subsidiary SBM Intel; said “was amongst the most flawed in the country’s history, opening the way for dissent and social strife.

27 February, 2019
Nigerian President Buhari wins second term while opponent calls election a ‘sham’
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term to lead the most populous country in Africa, the country’s elections authority said Wednesday, while his main opponent promised to challenge the result in court…

26 February, 2019
The Associated Press
Nigeria president’s campaign says he has numbers to win vote
Nigeria’s president appeared poised to win a second term in Africa’s largest democracy, with unofficial results on Tuesday showing a victory, a campaign spokesman said — news that set off celebrations in the capital…

25 February, 2019
New York Times
Dozens dead in Nigeria as election results are delayed
Election Day violence killed at least 39 people across Nigeria, civil society groups reported, and with ballot-counting halted and rumors flying, Nigerians were left waiting on Monday for an announcement of the winner in the presidential contest…

Marred by glitches and violence
When Google experienced a glitch that caused the Nigerian Naira to trade at 184 per US dollar few hours before the presidential election, a clairvoyant would have interpreted it as a sign the election would be marred by glitches and violence; and would have been right…

24 February, 2019
Nigeria votes for a 2nd day in places as death toll rises
Nigeria faced a second day of voting in scattered areas Sunday in a presidential election seen as too close to call, while the death toll from vote-related violence mounted in Africa’s largest democracy…

Observers say several killed in Nigeria poll violence
As many as 35 people were killed in election violence in Nigeria civil society groups said on Sunday after voters went to the polls in a tight presidential race between President Muhammadu Buhari and businessman Atiku Abubakar…

23 February, 2019
Nigeria votes for a new president after delay
Nigerians vote for a new president on Saturday after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence…

22 February, 2019
Nigerians get ready for election day (again)
Nigerians are expected to cast their ballots on Saturday, seven days after the country’s presidential and parliamentary election were abruptly postponed just hours before polling stations opened…

Nigeria’s Buhari promises security for delayed presidential election
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians “to go out and vote”, promising there would be adequate security for Saturday’s postponed election that pits him in a tight race with businessman Atiku Abubakar…

21 February, 2019
Nigeria’s election delay disrupts wedding plans, life
When Gladys Megai first heard the second half of Nigeria’s elections had been rescheduled to hold on her wedding day (Mar. 9), she thought it was fake news…

20 February, 2019
The Africa Report
Forget Nigerian election delay; Devaluation fears will drive markets
It will take much more than a one-week delay in Nigeria’s election to influence stock and currency markets…

18 February, 2019
The Guardian
Nigerians need to be apologised to, says Former Delta speaker
Former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Ochei has said that independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should properly apologise to Nigerians over the postponement of the 2019 general elections…

Nigeria will lose over $1 billion in GDP for postponing the 2019 general elections
For postponing the Saturday, February 16 and March 2019 elections, Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, may lose about 2% of its GDP to the delays and other electioneering activities, analysts have projected…

16 February, 2019
Associated Press
Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay
Nigeria’s top candidates on Saturday condemned the surprise last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until Feb. 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa’s largest democracy for calm…

Nigeria’s last-minute postponement throws vote into disarray
The last-minute delay of Nigeria’s general elections by a week carries dangers for both President Muhammadu Buhari and his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar…

15 February, 2019
The Atlantic
Nigeria’s militarized democracy faces a test at the polls
Politics in Nigeria can be like General Hospital or Coronation Street—a long-running soap opera in which the cast rarely changes. Except here, it’s all about the military…

Islamic State wreaks havoc as turbulent Nigeria nears vote
Amina Sanusi was getting ready for morning prayers at her home in northeastern Nigeria when she heard gunshots and explosions…

Foreign Policy
Slouching toward secession in Nigeria
As Emeka Udeze recently counted the 1,200 naira ($3.32) he made from the sale of a generator set, he turned on the radio in his store. Nearby shopkeepers began to troop into Udeze’s shop, which also doubled as a warehouse in this town in the area of eastern Nigeria that was once part of the independent state of Biafra. Every evening during the radio broadcasts, they all gather in Udeze’s shop to listen and debate…

14 February, 2019
Africa Check
Battle of the titans: Fact-checking arch-rivals in race for Nigeria’s presidency
This week, Nigerians will elect a president. They are spoilt for choice: the official list has 73 names for the presidency, though some have since dropped out or endorsed others…

13 February, 2019
Nigeria’s election: young voters, old candidates
Two men in their 70s are contesting a Nigerian presidential election in which half the registered voters are aged between 18 and 35…

10 February, 2019
Nigeria’s main parties in access row as campaign peaks
Nigeria’s president and ruling party were on Saturday accused of dirty tricks to stifle opposition support, with one week to go before the election in Africa’s most populous nation…

6 February, 2019
Atiku Abubakar – the Nigerian operator who knows how to make money
The man aiming to wrest the Nigerian presidency from Muhammadu Buhari has built a career circling the summits of public life…

30 January, 2019
Nigeria’s rice tariffs not slowing imports
Rice is Nigeria’s most popular food staple. A few generations ago, pre-independence in 1960, long grain rice was something only elites had with any regularity, for many Nigerians it was something for the weekend or special occasions…

Radio France International
Nigeria’s Chief Justice sacked over undeclared assets
A political storm has broken out in Nigeria following President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to sack the country’s Chief Justice just weeks before the presidential elections…

28 January, 2019
Nigeria says top judge’s suspension not linked to election
Nigeria’s government has denied suggestions that the suspension of the country’s top judge on corruption charges was linked to next month’s election…

Financial Times
Nigeria warns over ‘foreign interference’ ahead of election
The Nigerian government has said it will not accept “foreign interference” in February’s presidential elections after the EU, UK and US spoke out against the sudden suspension of the chief justice…

Jesuit Review
A peaceful, if not controversy-free, transition in D.R. Congo
Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 24, marking the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago…

25 January, 2019
Nigeria government suspends top judge before elections
President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria’s top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said Friday…

Nigeria jolted ahead of election as president suspends top judge
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen just weeks before what’s set to be a tight presidential vote in Africa’s most populous nation, in a move the main opposition party condemned as an “act of dictatorship.”…

Mail & Guardian
Nigeria braces for knife-edge election (again)
His name is Jubril al Sudani, they said. The real president is dead. A clone, an impostor imported from Sudan, has been running the country for months…

24 January, 2019
Ex-world banker Oby Ezekwesili ends Nigeria presidential bid
Former World Bank Vice President for Africa Oby Ezekwesili said she was withdrawing her candidacy from next month’s presidential election in Nigeria to back an opposition coalition instead…

Mudslinging stifles policy debate in Nigerian election campaign
Nigerian election campaigns are never for the faint-hearted, but the vitriol of this year’s presidential contest is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase gutter politics…

22 January, 2019
Business AM
Bankers see naira slide, high interest rate, stock fall in 2019
Amidst political uncertainties and low business confidence in the economy in the build up to the 2019 general elections, bankers under the aegis of the Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), are predicting a routing of Nigeria’s currency, the naira with depreciation against the United States dollar strongly seen in the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2019…

21 January, 2019
Insurgents plan ‘massive attacks’ in Nigeria, minister says
Nigeria’s government has evidence that Boko Haram Islamist militants as well as armed bandits are planning to carry out attacks across the nation ahead of elections next month, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said…

18 January, 2019
Premium Times
Farmers-Herders Conflicts: Buhari, Atiku campaign manifestos lack solutions
Nigeria may continue to walk a violent tightrope as measures towards addressing the country’s farmers-herdsmen conflict, considered a threat to national survival, are not in the re-election campaign manifesto of President Muhammadu Buhari and only mentioned with a casual air in Atiku Abubakar’s plans…

Upstream Online
Nigerian militants warn of oil production shut-down
Two affiliated militant groups operating in Nigeria’s Niger Delta have warned that they will seek to shut down oil production in coastal areas if the federal government proceeds with the prosecution of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen…

17 January, 2019
Thatcher-loving Nigeria candidate pushes radical economic change
In Nigeria’s personality-driven politics, there’s usually little differentiating presidential candidates in terms of ideology or economic policy…

15 January, 2019
Business Day
Onnoghen: Again, Nigeria fails democracy test
The manner of the recent planned trial of Nigeria’s Chief Justice (CJN) Walter Onnoghen by the Federal Government has once again demonstrated the country’s challenges with entrenching democratic norms, according to SBM Intelligence…

14 January, 2019
Opposition slams trial of Nigerian Chief Justice before vote
The trial of Nigeria’s top judge got underway in a case that’s prompted lawyers and opposition parties to accuse the government of trying to oust him and spark a constitutional crisis before next month’s presidential election…

10 January, 2019
TRT World
Is the US making moves to counter Chinese and Russian influence in Africa?
The Trump administration recently launched a new Africa policy to counter the ‘predatory’ practices of Russia and China, but many experts in the region say the US is too late to the game…

9 January, 2019
Nigeria elections risk security crisis with Boko Haram, herdsmen
On Nov. 18, news broke about an attack on an army base in the village of Metele in northeastern Nigeria by suspected members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter group of Boko Haram, the terrorist organization…

5 January, 2019
Southern Kaduna: I still feel unsafe
The recent violence in Southern Kaduna is the longest on the record, a newly-released report said…

19 December, 2018
Al Jazeera
Nigeria’s former defence chief killed amid growing insecurity
Nigeria’s former chief of defence Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who was facing trial for alleged fraud, criminal breach of trust and money laundering, has been killed by unknown gunmen…

17 December, 2018
Nigerian Army says UNICEF, Amnesty Intl aid Boko Haram 
In less than a week, Nigeria’s military has railed against two major international organisations operating in the country…

15 December, 2018
2019 electoral violence will be more than that of 2011
Nigeria’s private intelligence outfit which provides analysis of the nation’s socio-political and economic situation, SBM Intelligence, on Friday predicted that the electoral violence that may be witnessed in Nigeria in 2019 would be of greater magnitude than the one witnessed in 2011…

13 December, 2018
Premium Times
How data can help young candidates run cost-effective campaigns – Analyst
The Head of Research at SB Morgen Intelligence, Cheta Nwanze, has advised young candidates in the 2019 general elections on how a good understanding of data would help them run cost-effective campaigns…

6 December, 2018
Financial Times
Under fire: why Nigeria is struggling to defeat Boko Haram
Muna Custom House camp lies on the edge of Maiduguri, near one of many trenches surrounding the northern Nigerian city dug to help keep Boko Haram at bay…

27 November, 2018
Al Jazeera
‘It feels like there’s no hope’: Nigeria’s worsening job crisis
There has been one single promise that has dominated the election manifestos of Nigeria’s presidential candidates as they seek to lure the support of the country’s voters ahead of polls in February: jobs, jobs and more jobs…

26 November, 2018
Borno as theatre of death for soldiers
Despite repeated claims by the Armed Forces that the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) sect has been depleted and highly degraded, the recent actions of the terrorists certainly suggests otherwise. Week in and out, stories abound of the sect wrecking havoc on the Nigerian forces, sometimes even over running their bases and killing the soldiers.

25 November, 2018
Financial Times
Deaths of Nigerian soldiers put pressure on president
The killings of scores of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents during the first week of the country’s presidential election campaign has put the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari under fire for its failure to deal with the insurgency…

21 November, 2018
Financial Times
Nigerian voters to choose between familiar faces
When Nigerians go to the polls in February, they will face a choice between two septuagenarian men they know well. Both are northern Muslims who have run for president multiple times, served at the highest levels of government and found success in their chosen fields. Besides that, President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar— commonly known as Atiku — could not be more different…

13 November, 2018
The Guardian
With gangs aplenty, Lagos inner streets know little joy
On Monday, July 23, Mariam Abiola told the police how she has killed four persons for her gang leader, each person’s life only worth ₦10,000…

9 November, 2018
The Africa Report
Clashes and conflict
Competition for access to land has heightened the violence between herders and farmers, as criminal gangs look to profit from the chaos. With elections in 2019, will the politicians find a long-term solution..?

8 November, 2018
Nigeria President Buhari to review proposed new minimum wage
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will review a proposal to increase the minimum wage by 66 percent before making final recommendations to lawmakers for approval, the presidency said…

5 November, 2018
Nigeria braces for nationwide strike over 66% minimum-wage hike demand
Nigeria is bracing itself for nationwide strike from Tuesday over demands for a 66 percent increase in the minimum wage that could drive up inflation and hamper capital spending…

More schools won’t solve Nigeria’s education crisis
Nigeria has the largest number of out-of-school children in the world – Over 13 million children. Unsurprisingly, poverty plays an important role…

2 November, 2018
France 24
In Nigeria ‘being Shiite is being persecuted’
The bloody crackdown on Shiite protesters this week in Nigeria has highlighted the oppression of a religious minority that experts say is driven by a Sunni Muslim elite backed by Saudi Arabia…

30 October, 2018
This Day
Assessing Nigeria’s gains from OPEC output deal
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, recently gave an account of how a 2016 oil production cut exemption granted Nigeria by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries was beneficial to the country…

World Politics Review
‘Year of the Debacle’: How Nigeria Lost Its Way in the War Against Boko Haram
Lirfa Dashe, a lieutenant in the Nigerian army, was due to get married this month. Instead he is buried in the cemetery of Mai Malari barracks, alongside other soldiers killed in the seemingly endless conflict against the jihadist insurgency of Boko Haram…

29 October, 2018
Nigeria heads to sea in search of safer future for oil producers
By early next year, the largest offshore production vessel ever delivered to Nigeria will start pumping crude from a deposit deep beneath the seabed, boosting the West African country’s oil output by about 10 percent. The project, viewed as the most ambitious in Nigeria’s history, could help to push production to a record by 2022…

28 October, 2018
Nigeria and Benin make a new break for the border
Nigeria’s southwestern border with Benin is notoriously chaotic. Travellers and traders battle corrupt officials, hawkers and buzzing moto-taxis just to get to the other side…

16 October, 2018
Red Cross nurse executed by Boko Haram
Just as Nigerians were beginning to believe the worst was starting to get behind them, the terrorist group Boko Haram issued a chilling reminder of its potency…

15 October, 2018
Nigeria risks deeper financial crisis over new $2.8bn debt, minimum wage hike
Nigeria’s plan to raise a $2.86 billion Eurobond and simultaneously raise minimum wage could lead to a significant deterioration in the country’s financial position unless it is able to raise revenues…

Petrol subsidy to exceed $3.85bn estimate, says report
A bi-monthly update report on the state of Nigeria’s economy prepared by Lagos-based economic research and analyses firm, Financial Derivatives Company (FDC), has disclosed that with the rising prices of crude oil at the international market, petrol subsidy will exceed $3.85 billion initial estimate by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

9 October, 2018
Financial Times
Nigeria’s fuel subsidies bill set to soar on rising oil price
Rising crude oil prices are set to send Nigeria’s bill for fuel subsidies rocketing, threatening to exacerbate the already precarious economic situation of Africa’s largest oil producer as it heads into election season…

8 October, 2018
Experience trumps youth in battle for Nigerian presidency
The election to lead Nigeria, Africa’s most populous and one of its most youthful nations, will come down to a battle between a pair of experienced septuagenarians: President Muhammadu Buhari and businessman-cum-politician Atiku Abubakar…

2 October, 2018
Mini-refineries race billionaire to fix Nigerian fuel crisis
In the race to solve a fuel-import crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s richest person faces competition from a swarm of tiny challengers…

27 September, 2018
Key Nigeria unions start strike to back minimum-wage demand
Nigerian labour unions began a nationwide strike Thursday to protest stalled negotiations with the government over a new minimum wage in an action that could involve workers in Africa’s biggest oil industry.

23 September, 2018
Nigeria’s Buhari under fire over ‘astronomic’ fuel subsidy bill
It’s only September but Nigerians are already dreading Christmas. For years, the holiday season has been marred by paralysing fuel shortages, grinding business to a halt…

3 September, 2018
Analysts: Africa visits by Merkel and May present opportunities
British Prime Minister Theresa May got plenty of attention for her trip to Africa last week…

30 August, 2018
Nigeria’s Senate head Saraki says he’ll run for presidency
Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki said he’ll challenge President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of Africa’s most populous country in 2019 elections…

23 August, 2018
Nigeria does not know if it wants to be a socialist or capitalist country
Nigeria’s government often struggles with the idea of a free market, on one hand, it woos investors about the potential of doing business in Nigeria but on the other, it often tries to dictate how their businesses should be run…

21 August, 2018
Pulse NG
Social media bots cast dubious shadow over next year’s elections
With Nigeria’s 2019 polls getting ever nearer, politicians are employing every weapon in their arsenals and bots are their shiny new playthings…

20 August, 2018
Al Jazeera
Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis
Besides Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and the pastoralist crisis across the central region’s lush vegetation belt, a lesser-known conflict is brewing in the northwest, and casualties are rising…

16 August, 2018
Buhari’s not-so-secret weapon to win Nigeria’s vote: Incumbency
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s party may be wracked by defections and his battles against corruption and an Islamist rebellion under fire, but he has one crucial advantage in securing re-election: incumbency…

15 August, 2018
CNBC Africa
Tackling Nigeria’s security challenges
The Nigerian army recently uncovered an online platform used by a faction of Boko Haram to recruit new members, this comes days after a recent protest by soldiers in Maiduguri over their redeployment, a move the army described as “unscrupulous”…

Nigeria is trying to spend its way out of extreme poverty by cash handouts
The Nigerian government has just launched a collateral-free loan scheme which will see two million petty traders receive $28 repayable in six months…

2 August, 2018
Al Jazeera
In Nigeria, Anglophone Cameroonians turn to low paid labour
Thousands who fled a government crackdown on protests struggle for basic necessities in neighbouring Nigeria…

1 August, 2018
Nigeria’s ruling APC bleeds as key figures abandon Buhari
Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari lost a key supporter in his northern stronghold, a day after the senate president walked out of the ruling party amid a wave of defections to a swelling opposition movement ahead of elections in February…

31 July, 2018
Business Day
Nigerians paid more for jollof rice in 4 months
Price of major ingredients used in preparing a pot of jollof rice for an average Nigerian family grew by 8.3 percent in four months, according to an SBM Intelligence report.

27 July, 2018
Mass defections upend Nigerian politics as Buhari seeks new term
After a series of missteps on economic and security issues, one of the things Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari could pin his re-election hopes on was a feeble opposition. Not anymore…

24 July, 2018
Nigerian senators dump Buhari for main opposition
More than a dozen senators left Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling party for the main opposition on Tuesday, in a move seen as a challenge to his bid for re-election…

15 July, 2018
Nigeria’s ruling party wins key state gubernatorial
A candidate from Nigeria’s ruling party won a key state gubernatorial on Sunday, the electoral body said, marking an early victory for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of general elections next year…

10 July, 2018
Buhari faces united opposition challenge in Nigerian vote
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari rode to power three years ago on the back of a broad coalition determined to oust the ruling party…

9 July, 2018
Businesses delay decisions on uncertainty over 2019 elections
Nigerian businesses are putting critical investment decisions on ice ahead of the 2019 elections amid rising uncertainty over the outcome of the elections and its economic impact…

8 July, 2018
City Journal
Lagos: Hope and warning
Lagos’s dysfunction extends out to sea. Oil tankers and container ships clutter the horizon beyond Lighthouse Beach, idling in anticipation of a docking slot at the only large-scale commercial port in Nigeria, a country of 180 million people…

6 July, 2018
Pulse NG
How FG wants to put a permanent end to crisis with ₦179bn plan
In 2014, “Fulani militants” killed 1,229 people and earned the dubious honour of being named the fourth most deadly terrorist group in the world at the time…

5 July, 2018
Rift opens in Nigeria’s ruling party as elections loom
Lawmakers in Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have formed a breakaway group in what is expected to be a prelude to defections as elections approach next year…

Rising violence in Central Nigeria risks Buhari’s election
An age-old conflict over grazing land in Nigeria that’s exploded into widespread violence may be threatening President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances for re-election in February…


30 June, 2018
The Punch
Persistent killings, a big blot on Buhari govt
In a style similar to the massacre they carried out in Benue State on the New Year’s Day, suspected Fulani herdsmen unleashed terror on around 11 communities in the Gashish District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday night, killing over 100 people, though police confirmed over 80 deaths…

29 June, 2018
Nigeria’s herdsmen farmer attacks are damaging agriculture economy
To wean Nigeria off its dependency on oil export revenue, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has often suggested turning attention to agriculture…

Upstream Online
UN alert at Cameroon crisis
The United Nations is rapidly increasing its presence in Cameroon to assist a burgeoning humanitarian crisis and protect more than 200,000 internal refugees displaced by deepening civil strife…

27 June, 2018
Quartz Africa
More than 200 killed in herdsmen-farmers clash
The spate of Nigeria’s violent pastoral conflicts is showing no signs of abating…

6 June, 2018
Nigerian lawmakers draw battle line for Buhari as vote looms
Nigerian lawmakers drew a battle line with President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of February elections by issuing a list of demands that must be met or they will take unspecified legislative measures against him…

30 May, 2018
CNBC Africa
Nigeria’s democracy scorecard
In his democracy day address President Muhammadu Buhari restated his commitment to his administration’s three points of focus, which are security, corruption and the economy…

29 May, 2018
The Jesuit Review
Can the church in Nigeria stop the violence between herders and farmers?
In the bustling capital of Ikeja in Nigeria’s Lagos State, thousands of lay faithful throng into St. Leo’s Catholic Church on May 22 to attend a requiem Mass…

27 May, 2018
Nigeria Today
Nigeria Population Crisis: We are sitting on a time bomb
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Senator Ben Murray Bruce tweeted something so alarming and dangerous…

9 May, 2018
FG codeine ban, Emzor Pharma closure a knee jerk response – Experts
The recent ban on codeine-containing cough syrup by the Federal Government, shutting down Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited is a knee jerk response to the drug abuse problem experts have said…

8 May, 2018
CNBC Africa
Buhari in UK for medical check-up, violence breaks out at APC meeting
On Sunday violence broke out at the All Progressives Congress meetings in several states in Nigeria…

26 April, 2018
Nigeria’s communal violence: It’s about more than land
Clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria have left hundreds dead in the past few months. While West African regional leaders met to address the crisis, Nigerian lawmakers are calling President Buhari to task…

25 April, 2018
Caution urged over latest central Nigeria violence
Nomadic herders have been accused of killing at least 18 people in central Nigeria, including two priests…

17 April, 2018
The Nation
What herdsmen have put asunder in Taraba
The lingering clashes between itinerant herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State are taking their toll on people and properties…

12 April, 2018
Premium Times
Buhari blames Gaddafi for killings across Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday publicly blamed former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was killed seven years ago for the ongoing killings across central Nigeria.

9 April, 2018
Nigeria’s Buhari to run for re-election next year
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared Monday he would seek re-election next year, in a move that put an end to months of speculation amid concerns over his health…

Nigerian President Buhari will seek second term in 2019
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to run for re-election in February, ending months of speculation about whether the former military ruler would seek a second term…

29 March, 2018
Lagos on lockdown as Buhari makes landmark visit
Lagos, Nigeria’s thriving economic capital, was on lockdown Thursday for President Muhammadu Buhari’s first official visit to the city as campaigning for next year’s presidential polls heats up…

The Nation
BudgIT to FG, others: Invest in people
A civic organization, BudgIT Nigeria, has called on the Federal, State and Local Governments to invest on Nigerians…

28 March, 2018
The Guardian
The worrying rise in the cost of preparing a pot of Jollof Rice
The figures from the first SBM Intelligence’s Jollof Rice Index for 2018 are in. But there is not much to cheer…

20 March, 2018
Buhari’s trump card for Nigeria’s 2019 vote: Weak opposition
Samuel Okunola shares the frustration of many Nigerians with the man he voted for three years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari…

14 March, 2018
Business Day
Inside the Lagos/Visionscape deal that costs taxpayers up to ₦85bn
In 2016, Akinwunmi Ambode the Lagos State Governor had a bright idea to reform the established Waste Management processes for one of the largest cities in the world…

Daily Times
Nigeria’s economic fragility: Issues, challenges
Reports by the National Bureau of statics (NBS) shows that the country’s economy has sustained growth trajectory in two successive quarters, just as global economy experts say otherwise.

13 March, 2018
The Nerve Africa
What exit from Egmont Group would mean for Nigeria
One of the discussions that are expected to come up during the Egmont Group’s meeting this week will be about Nigeria’s expulsion from the group.

12 March, 2018
The Africa Report
Nigeria: Lights, camera, action
The opening credits are rolling on Nigeria’s promised epic: ‘Beyond Oil Dependency’, an uplifting tale of agro-processing plants, tech innovation, manufacturing investment and a multibillion-dollar entertainment industry – starring Yemi Osinbajo and Okechukwu Enelamah…

Premium Times
Benue Killings: Signpost blaming ‘Fulani herdsmen’ for 73 deaths causes stir
A row has broken out over the language of a signpost installed at the grave site of those killed in violent attacks on communities in Benue State early January…

8 March, 2018
Christian Science Monitor
In Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt, a drying landscape deepens violent divides
A dozen young boys in bedraggled shorts play football on a dusty field at the central primary school in Guma district, in central Nigeria’s Benue state…

6 March, 2018
Buhari grapples with widening crises as Nigerian vote looms
Islamist militant attacks, gasoline shortages, worsening violence over grazing land, simmering unrest in the southeast — the crises keep mounting for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari less than a year before general elections…

5 March, 2018
CNBC Africa
Uncertainty heightens as Egmont Group plans to expel Nigeria
Ikemesit Effiong, Lead Analyst, SBM Intelligence joins CNBC Africa to discuss the economic implications of Nigeria’s possible expulsion from the group.

28 February, 2018
The Guardian
Nigeria, Cameroon and unwanted headaches
Besieged by an unending campaign of terror by Boko Haram in the northeast, secessionist agitations in the southeast, and vicious attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in north central states and elsewhere, Nigeria is a country in need of an urgent reprieve…

13 February, 2018
Nigeria’s Buhari mulls 2019 election taking on PDP, Obasanjo coalition and third forces
If everything goes according to plan, Nigerians will be going to the polls to elect a president almost precisely a year from now, on Feb. 16 2019…

12 February, 2018
Fulani herdsmen clashes are redefining Nigeria’s geopolitics
On the weekend of Jan. 20, a Fulani ethnic militia attacked the village of Kikan in the Numan district of Adamawa state, killing three people, injuring many more and carting away cattle…

10 February, 2018
Daily Times
Revealed: ‘Research can end farmers, herdsmen clashes within one year’
For many citizens of Benue State and Nigerians, it was a day they would not forget in a hurry…

7 February, 2018
Sahara Reporters
Situating the herdsmen crisis within a historical context
The spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen has gone up another notch during the turn of the year, this has raised so many questions on the motive behind the killings and how it can be managed…

5 February, 2018
FG burns ₦191bn on dollar subsidy for companies in 2017 crude swap deals
Nigeria’s unsustainable subsidy for the consumption of petrol has the economy bleeding from both ends as the Federal Government burnt ₦191 billion subsidising foreign exchange for companies in its Direct Sales-Direct Purchase agreement who exchange crude oil for refined products, and ₦746.79 billion on petrol subsidy since February 2017…

Premium Times
Fears heighten as Egmont Group plans to expel Nigeria
Millions of bank depositors will be exposed to risk while trying to use their Nigerian-issued MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards for international transactions in the coming weeks as the Egmont Group is poised to expel the country from the group, PREMIUM TIMES has learned…

1 February, 2018
Nigeria and Rusal settle battle over aluminum smelter ownership
Nigeria reached an out-of-court settlement with United Co. Rusal Plc over the sale of the Aluminium Smelter Co. of Nigeria, ending a decade long ownership dispute over the company…

25 January, 2018
Africa Check
Did ‘at least 50,000’ Nigerians die from terrorism in 2017?
Nigeria’s internal security challenges continue to be a source of national debate, but is the death toll from terror attacks as high as a prominent critic said..?

24 January, 2018
Battle for land becomes Nigeria’s biggest security challenge
Boko Haram may dominate headlines about Nigeria, but more than twice as many citizens are being killed in battles over land between farmers and herders than they are by jihadists…

23 January, 2018
Nigeria’s former president says Buhari should not seek re-election
Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday called on the country’s current leader Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term of office, in wide-ranging criticisms that could hit his support should he decide to stand…

Stears Business
Herdsmen on Rampage: Follow the Money
There is a turning point in any conflict that demands attention…

19 January, 2018
The Cable
Buhari cannot run, time ran out on him
This year is not looking good for President Muhammadu Buhari…

15 January, 2018
Farmer-Herder violence in Central Nigeria challenges Buhari
Already grappling with Islamist militants in the northeast, secessionists in the east and unrest in the oil-rich Niger River delta, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is facing an upsurge in violence between crop farmers and herders that may threaten his party’s election chances next year…

Time to end the deadly herder-farmer conflicts
The government and people of Benue State in Nigeria’s north-central zone on January 11 buried over 70 people killed in attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state between December 31, 2017 and January 8, 2018…

12 January, 2018
BBC Pidgin
Fulani herdsmen: Nigeria suppose declare dem terrorists?
Di governor of Ekiti State, south west Nigeria, Ayodele Fayose, do security meeting with dozens of local hunters for Ado-Ekiti, di state capital, on top di matter of herdsmen dis week…

Quartz Africa
A new wave of brazen attacks by herdsmen in Nigeria is sparking fears of genocide
Since the start of the year, Nigerians have been served bloody reminders that Boko Haram is no longer the country’s biggest internal security threat…

10 January, 2018
Odua Voice
Suspected herdsmen ambush, kill six police officers in Adamawa
Six police officers were killed in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday, in an attack blamed on cattle herders following deadly clashes with farmers over land…

1 January, 2018
The Guardian
After a bleak 2017, what hope for Nigeria in 2018?
2017 was bleak; blighted by inflation, recession, government prevarication on important decisions, an insincere war on corruption, uptick in Boko Haram attacks (mostly on soft targets) and needless pastoral conflicts…

31 December, 2017
Why Nigerian communities growing in hatred against Fulani herdsmen
In various parts of Nigeria, the Fulani herdsmen are increasingly viewed with suspicion and are being regarded as enemies by indigenous communities, a recent research by SBM Intelligence, a Lagos-based organisation devoted to the collection and analysis of information, through the evaluation of public sources has shown…

5 December, 2017
Can Iran benefit from chaos in Nigeria?
In the grainy video, it looks just like another Nigerian roadblock, as youths armed with clubs signal for the traffic to stop on this dusty street in the northern city of Zaria…

4 December, 2017
Six police killed in NE Nigeria herder-farmer dispute
Six police officers were killed in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday, in an attack blamed on cattle herders following deadly clashes with farmers over land…

1 December, 2017
FG failure to tackle herdsmen farmer crises worsens conflict
Nigeria’s pastoral conflict is expanding and deepening with many communities, Fulani and non-Fulani alike, beginning to take matters into their own hands, as they step into a gap created by the Federal Government’s failure to address the crises…

30 November, 2017
Security agency feuds threaten Buhari’s graft war in Nigeria
When agents of Nigeria’s financial crimes body arrived this month to arrest a former intelligence chief fired by President Muhammadu Buhari for stashing $43 million in cash in his wife’s apartment, they were stopped by armed secret policemen…

Farmers poisoning crops to kill herdsmen’s cows – Group
An organisation, SB Morgen, has called on the Federal Government to take decisive steps in addressing the conflict between farmers and Fulani herdsmen…

22 November, 2017
CNBC Africa
Mugabe bows out: Why is it African leaders don’t want to leave power?
The resignation of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is a promising step in rebuilding the country…

17 November, 2017
Daily Times
#AnambraDecides2017: Who wins Anambra governorship election tomorrow?
Periodic, free and fair election is a major feature or characteristics of democracy.

11 November, 2017
Herdsmen crisis: Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, four others move to enact anti-open grazing law
After the passage of anti-open grazing laws in Ekiti and Benue states, other states like Ebonyi, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Ogun are moving to introduce similar laws to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers within their respective boundaries…

3 November, 2017
Militants in Nigeria’s oil region end ceasefire, will resume attacks
A militant group in Nigeria’s southern Niger River delta, whose attacks on oil installations in 2016 cut output to the lowest in three decades, said it ended its self-imposed cease-fire and will resume its violent campaign…

The Cable
On BVN and dormant accounts
The bill to mop up over N3 trillion from dormant accounts – especially funds deposited by deceased folks which their next of kin aren’t aware of — in Nigerian banks and an estimated N100 billion of unclaimed dividends held back by companies passed first reading in April in Nigeria’s Senate…

Budget 2018: Four items Nigerians will be looking out for
What will be the major talking points in President Buhari’s 2018 budget which he would present to the National Assembly next Tuesday?..

28 October, 2017
The Punch
Herdsmen attacks: Pathetic lives, touching stories of Nigerian local farmers
The large crowd of protesters on Igbatoro-Akure Road in Ondo State reflects the sense of loss and grief felt throughout Ileyo village, an agrarian community in Igbatoro, Akure North Local Government Area of the state…

19 October, 2017
Daily Times
Nigeria watches as Spain moves to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy
Spain will start the process of suspending Catalonia’s autonomy on Saturday, after Catalonia’s leader, Carles Puigdemont, threatened to declare independence, and then missed a deadline imposed by the central authorities to carry out his threat…

12 October, 2017
Premium Times
Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Onitsha-Enugu, Lokoja-Ajaokuta among ‘Nigeria’s worst roads’- Report
The Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Mokwa-Jebba, Lokoja-Ajaokuta, Aba-Obigbo, Onitsha-Enugu, and Idoma-Benue highways have been listed as among Nigeria’s worst roads, according to a survey by SBM Intelligence…

11 October, 2017
Daily Times
SBM unveils Nigeria’s worst roads
SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical and socio-economic research firm, on Tuesday, unveiled the worst roads in Nigeria…

10 October, 2017
Raddington Report
Nigeria’s next security threat
In the slow demise of Boko Haram a new, larger scale security risk has emerged: militarised Fulani herdsmen…

5 October, 2017
Catalan secession vote, Nigeria nightmares?
Religion, poverty and oil exacerbate ethnic and tribal divisions in Nigeria, which is why people in its southern region once known as the self-declared Republic of Biafra have a keen eye on Catalonian secessionists…

4 October, 2017
Nigerian minister is said to question $24 billion oil deals
Nigeria’s oil minister sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari listing at least $24 billion of contracts involving the state oil company that he said were never discussed with him or the firm’s board, a copy of the document seen by Bloomberg shows…

Nigeria @ 57: National cohesion still elusive 57 years after
Perhaps at no time in Nigeria’s history, since after the civil war (1967-1970), had the country’s unity been more challenged than now…

27 September, 2017
The Guardian
Finally, stability returns on food index
The SBM Jollof index is a composite index that tracks the prices of the main ingredients used to prepare a pot of one of Nigeria’s primary delicacies – Jollof rice, for a family of six…

Back to war: Cameroon forcibly deporting Nigerian refugees
Cameroonian soldiers are using “extreme physical violence” to force tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency to return to northeastern Nigeria, Human Rights Watch has warned…

20 September, 2017
All Africa
Nigeria: Herders against farmers – Nigeria’s expanding deadly conflict
Propelled by desertification, insecurity and the loss of grazing land to expanding settlements, the southward migration of Nigeria’s herders is causing violent competition over land with local farmers…

16 September, 2017
With ₦5bn intervention fund, FG seeks to boost solid minerals sector
Efforts to grow and develop the country’s mining sector to make it contribute more effectively to government revenues got a boost with the launch of a ₦5 billion fund for artisanal and small scale miners recently…

11 September, 2017
Cracks grow in Nigerian ruling party over Buhari’s plans
With doubts growing that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term because of lingering health issues, cracks are emerging in the ruling All Progressives Congress as key politicians jostle to succeed him…

The Punch
National Guard is a misplaced venture
Confronted with dire security threats, the Nigerian government is, as usual, seeking to compound the problem. The recourse to the establishment of a National Guard as espoused by the Minister of the Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, is wrong-headed and misses the point. The solution to rampant insecurity and the failure of policing requires more robust and practical measures such as devolution of law enforcement and extensive reforms of the security apparatus…

6 September, 2017
The Independent
Economy remains weak as Nigeria exits recession
Nigeria’s economy, which entered into recession for the first time in 29 years in 2016, when it closed at -1.58 percent has officially swam out of trouble waters, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday…

5 September, 2017
The News & Observer
Nigeria, South Africa say they are out of recession
Two of Africa’s leading economies said Tuesday they have emerged from recession…

2 September, 2017
The Cable
NNPC has to urgently clarify its recent reshuffling
There is no doubt that perceived marginalisation by some ethnic groups has exacerbated hate speeches in the country…

24 August, 2017
The Economist
The high cost of red tape in Nigeria
Many Nigerians may see building a hotel as an easy way to launder money…

23 August, 2017
Boko Haram is using more children as suicide bombers in Nigeria
To keep its deadly insurgency alive, terrorist sect Boko Haram is doubling down on a new extreme: using child suicide bombers…

22 August, 2017
Nnamdi Kanu: The man who was born to restore Biafra
Fifty years after the Nigerian civil war, Nigeria is facing another wave of agitation for the independence of a Biafran state…

21 August, 2017
Nigeria’s Buhari vows to intensify war on militants
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to step up the fight against the Islamist militants and proponents of secession in his first speech after returning from three months of sick leave in London…

10 August, 2017
The Guardian
Badoo’s trail of blood and dark statistics
In May 2017, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics rated the country’s commercial capital and one of its most populated states, as the most crime-infested in 2016…

28 July, 2017
Premium Times
Badoo: 72 per cent Ikorodu residents no longer go out at night – Report
A new report by SBM Intel has shown that seven out of every ten residents in Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb, greatly curtailed their nocturnal activities due to the activities of the dreaded Badoo gang…

Radio France International
Boko Haram attack stops Nigeria oil company’s search for crude
Nigeria’s national oil company (NNPC) suspended its crude oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin on Friday, after an ambush by Boko Haram left 48 of its employees dead…


24 July, 2017
CNBC Africa
Nigeria’s battle with insecurity
According to the U.S. government, Nigeria’s counter-terrorism strategy, which is a combination of synergy, intelligence and information-sharing will help curb the insurgency that has plagued the country…

22 July, 2017
Daily Trust
The war for grazing lands in Africa
Nomadic cattle farming in Africa is often imagined as picturesque and idyllic. In reality, present-day nomadic cattle herders in the East and West of the continent carry Pump Action, AK 47’s, and other machine guns…

18 July, 2017
The Week
Has Boko Haram been defeated by Nigeria?
Nigerian troops say they have beaten the Boko Haram militants who have been waging a long and bloody insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic caliphate in the north of the country…

14 July, 2017
Nigeria again claims to have ‘defeated’ Boko Haram after first victory cry in 2015
The Nigerian military has once again claimed to have “defeated” Boko Haram. Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the chief of the Nigerian army, recently told BBC at the end of last month the jihadist group has been “defeated” militarily but “not eliminated.”…

12 July, 2017
Missing President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari receives visit from his deputy. But why now?
For a short time this week, Nigeria—one of the world’s most populous countries and Africa’s biggest economy—was leaderless…

10 July, 2017
Business Day
Executive, Legislature squabbles may slow economic recovery-analysts
Nigeria, which is currently battling its first recession in 25 years could slip deeper into crisis if the present power tussle between the executive and legislature is not tamed, analysts warn…

Nigeria keeps saying it has defeated Boko Haram against all the evidence
Not for the first time in the last two years, Nigeria’s government has claimed to have defeated terrorist sect, Boko Haram…

30 June, 2017
African Independent
Farmers and pastoralists clash over access to land
Goska is five minutes up the road from Dangoma in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. But divisions between the two villages run so deep they threaten the unity of Africa’s most populous nation…

24 June, 2017
Why is Nigeria one country and who wants to divide it?
Nigeria is under threat. The West African country has the biggest population and second-largest economy on the continent. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse countries in Africa…

23 June, 2017
The Guardian
Jollof: Is Nigeria’s claim to supremacy under threat?
In the days of yore, the Nigerian Super Eagles were a national treasure: the players were our go to persons when an aching nation needed to smile and find a common ground to bump fists in bars and, perhaps, forget our off-putting ethnic-based mutual suspicions…

22 June, 2017
Chevron Nigeria staff embark on strike over planned job cuts
Staff of Chevron Nigeria, today, embarked on a strike action over a staff rationalisation exercise planned for August BusinessDay has learnt…

14 June, 2017
The deadly conflict tearing Nigeria apart
Bullet holes and abandoned, burned-out buildings in Goska are evidence something sudden and terrible happened there. Moses Berde, the village head, explains that more than 40 people were killed and over 100 homes destroyed in back-to-back attacks on 24 and 25 December last year…

12 June, 2017
Meet Evans, Nigeria’s most wanted kidnapper, captured after gun battle
Kidnap for ransom is big business in Nigeria. It has one of the highest abduction rates in the world, with the U.S., U.K. and other governments warning travelers to the West African country that kidnapping is a real possibility. But Nigerian authorities are hoping that the risk has been significantly decreased after they captured alleged kidnapper Chukwudi Dumem Onuamadkie, also known as Evans, over the weekend…

2 June, 2017
The Guardian
Nigeria has retrogressed, says poll
Eighty-eight per cent of Nigerians have agreed with the poor mid-term score given by analysts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration while 56 per cent of this number have judged the country as worse of where it was, two years ago…

1 June, 2017
The Cable
How much has Buhari, APC delivered in 2 years
Just how much has the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration delivered in two years?…

30 May, 2017
Al Jazeera
50 years on: Nigeria’s Biafra secessionist movement
On Biafra Remembrance Day we ask pro-secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu if the call for secession is growing louder…

Premium Times
Two years on, Northern supporters await Buhari’s magic
He never called himself a revolutionist – he was a former military dictator who imposed draconian laws – but President Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral campaign in 2014 and 2015 can be described as revolutionary…

29 May, 2017
The Cable
Revival of rail sector, low priority to education — 16 highs and lows of Buhari’s govt
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is marking its second year in power. An administration that was dubbed a “messianic” one considering that its emergence saw an end to the 16 uninterrupted years the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had governed Nigeria…

The Guardian
Osinbajo, critics disagree over Buhari’s mid-term scorecard
In spite of the groundswell of criticism of its performance in the past two years, especially in its handling of the economy, the Nigerian government has insisted that it was on course in its mission to change the fortune of Africa’s most populous country…

28 May, 2017
The Guardian
Frustration and hope: Biafra 50 years on
Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a separate state…

25 May, 2017
Buhari’s performance in two years too poor– Report
As the first two years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-administration winds down this month, only four per cent of the 171 promises made to Nigerians in the build-up to the 2015 elections have been fulfilled, a new report by SBM Intelligence has revealed…

23 May, 2017
Nigeria has now been in recession for five quarters—but there may be light at the end of the tunnel
Nigeria’s economic worries are not yet over. Statistically, at least. With negative growth recorded for the fifth consecutive quarter,Nigeria’s economy remains mired in recession, according to newly published data by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)…

Nigerian economy shrinks by 0.5%: data
Nigeria’s economy contracted for a fifth straight quarter, official figures showed Tuesday, as low oil production dented overall output…

19 May, 2017
Union dispute with Exxon threatens Nigeria’s oil output
Nigeria’s manager-level oil union will continue a strike indefinitely at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s local unit, threatening output after talks with the company to end the action reached an impasse, a labor official said…

9 May, 2017
The Africa Report
Proxy warfare
Allies of Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting it out in Nigeria, with the government repressing the Shia organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in a move reminiscent of the conflict that radicalised the Boko Haram Islamist militancy…

25 April, 2017
World Bank applauds Fashola’s power plan, offers financial support
The World Bank and some multilateral agencies in Washington have applauded the power sector recovery plan of Minister of Works, Power, Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and offered to render financial support…

23 April, 2017
Clashes over grazing land in Nigeria threaten nomadic herding
Nasir Abdullahi is sitting in a mall in downtown Abuja, sipping fresh juice and eating plantain chips. Small, distinguished with an embroidered cap, Nasir looks like your typical Northern Nigerian businessman, but he’s also a farmer…

21 April, 2017
African governments are restricting religious freedom for security reasons more than anywhere else
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa experienced the largest increase in social hostilities towards religious people globally in 2015, a new Pew Research Center study shows. This aggression stemmed largely from government harassment of religious groups in the name of security, and increased antagonism towards minority religions or practices…

13 April, 2017
Upstream Online
Questions are raised over Niger Delta amnesty funding
Nigerian lawmakers are investigating an alleged lack of funding for the amnesty programme for Niger Delta ex-militants that many believe has discouraged support for insurgent groups in the country’s oil-producing zone…

4 April, 2017
Buhari’s change of tack in Nigeria Delta boosts oil production
When militants in Nigeria’s southern Niger River delta started attacking oil installations, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to crush them by force. A year and $7 billion in lost oil exports later, his decision to switch tack by negotiating with the fighters seems to be working…

26 March, 2017
Channels TV
Assessing Buhari Govt’s Performance: Spotlight On Works
What is the state of Nigeria’s roads?

18 March, 2017
The Guardian
The Jollof Rice Index as a window into food inflation
In a week where the National Bureau of Statistics confirmed that the rise in inflation had slowed, fledgling Lagos-based research organisation, SBM Intelligence, has released a new product called SBM Jollof Index which examines the cost of preparing a Nigerian delicacy – Jollof Rice, for a family of six…

17 March, 2017
Premium Times
Cost of making jollof rice rose 32 percent in 6 months – Report
Within the last six months, Nigerian households paid significantly more to make a pot of jollof rice, a newly-released survey found this week…

13 March, 2017
Nigeria’s proposed sale of oft-bombed oil assets not easy
For sale: stakes in oil fields. Bids from world class energy companies preferred. Pipelines and terminals associated with the deposits only blown up about a dozen times in the past year. Deal may depend on crude prices…

10 March, 2017
Financial Times
Nigerian leader returns from medical treatment overseas
Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, has returned to the country after 50 days of medical treatment in London, saying he will go back to work on Monday…

4 March, 2017
Business Insider/AP
Nigeria wants Shell to open major pipeline but attack feared
Nigeria wants Royal Dutch Shell to reopen one of its main pipelines but the oil multinational is resisting, analysts say, for fear it could once again be bombed by militants…

28 February, 2017
Airport shutdown, brigands leave Nigerian capital isolated
Foreign travelers planning to reach the Nigerian capital, Abuja, next month have two choices: make a 15-hour drive from the southern commercial hub of Lagos or fly to the northern city of Kaduna and ride through an area plagued by kidnappers and gunmen…

21 February, 2017
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Nigeria at least 21 dead in Kaduna State
Fulani herdsmen raided communities in Kaduna State on 19 and 20 February, destroying homes and killing at least 21 people…

17 February, 2017
11 dead as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers
Battling multiple bombers strapped with suicide vests, Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters on Friday repelled the fiercest Boko Haram extremist attack in months on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri. Nine bombers and two civilians were killed, according to witnesses, soldiers and police…

13 February, 2017
The Guardian
2016: Nigeria’s dismal security situation and the task ahead
With its leader still elusive, and its ranks fractured by infighting occasioned by a struggle for power and control, Boko Haram’s ignoble roles in the spread of global terrorism was considerably weakened in 2016…

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Nigeria’s spiralling herdsmen-farmer violence fuels fears of humanitarian crisis
When 60-year-old Ladi Habila heard gunshots ring around her village in Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Christmas Eve, she cast aside the meal she had been preparing, and ran for her life…

12 February, 2017
Premium Times
Latest violence in Southern Kaduna longest on record — Report
The recent violence in Southern Kaduna is the longest on the record, a newly-released report said…

11 February, 2017
Southern Kaduna crisis threatens Nigeria’s ₦218bn railway projects
The hope of up to 90 million northern Nigerians that their economy will be better with the development of the country’s railway system may be crushed by the ongoing crisis in Southern Kaduna, Nigeria’s third most populated state…

25 January, 2017
Nigerian governors blame immigrant herdsmen for deadly pastoral conflict
Governors in northern Nigeria have pledged to secure regional borders to address the fighting between roaming Fulani herdsmen and farming communities, a conflict which was more deadly than the Boko Haram insurgency in 2016…

22 January, 2017
Factcheck: The defeat of Boko Haram is not a defining metric of President Buhari’s commitment to combating insecurity
On the 8th of January, Pastor Tunde Bakare stood before his congregation (Latter Rain Assembly) to give his annual State of the Nation address. It is a speech that ties together events of the past year in Nigeria and the world, and the projections (and sometimes prophetic declarations) for the new year…

19 January, 2017
Nigeria now has a bigger internal security threat than Boko Haram
For much of the last seven years, the biggest threat to Nigeria’s security has been a devastating insurgency led by terrorist sect, Boko Haram, but that’s no longer the case…

12 January, 2017
CNBC Africa
Has Boko Haram been truly defeated?
The Nigerian army late in December 2016 said it had brought down the last stronghold of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. The terrorist group that has waged a seven-year uprising against Nigeria, which has claimed more than twenty thousand lives, with the insurgency spilling over the country’s borders into neighbouring states. Has Boko Haram been truly defeated?

5 January, 2017
The Guardian
Nobel Peace Prize for Nigerian leaders?
“Nigeria will reach a deal with Niger Delta militants in 2017.” That is the topmost prediction by SB Morgen, one of the up and coming, risks analysis, intelligence and consulting groups in Nigeria. It is a bold and an important prediction. Bold, because the crisis in the Niger Delta has lasted nearly as long as the rebellion led by the Marxist-leaning Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which began its revolutionary war in 1964. The Niger Delta crisis first erupted with Isaac Boro’s declaration of “twelve day revolution” in 1966…

3 January, 2017
Nigeria will get its economy back on track in 2017 if it makes politically risky reforms
For much of the past year, Nigeria’s economy, the largest on the continent, has been mired in a recession. Shocked mainly by a fall in the price of oil, the country’s biggest export, and a resumption of militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region which hobbled oil production, Nigeria’s economy ended 2016 on course for a full year of negative growth…

20 December, 2016
Is redemptive governance Nigeria’s option
Nigeria remains politically and developmentally in the wilderness, due to poor leadership and governance challenges. Nigerians still pray for Nigeria in distress, knowing that prayer “has great powers to produce results.” But Nigeria’s resort to prayer, simply underlines that governance fails when it’s not redemptive; Karl Marx’s contention that “religion is the opiate of the masses,” notwithstanding. It’s now obvious that turning Nigeria requires redemptive governance; a non-partisan coalescing of various individuals — sufficiently bold and selflessly honest — “men who possess opinions and a will” to rethink Nigeria’s remediation modalities and indeed, make Nigeria functional again…

18 November, 2016
Nigeria proposes jail time, fines, as it tries to boost naira
Nigeria plans to give the central bank more power to control capital flows and prevent foreign-exchange being taken out of the country, including jail time and fines for offenders as authorities battle a shortage of dollars…

15 November, 2016
Why Nigeria’s Shiite conflict is flaring up again
On October 12, Shiite Muslims marked Ashura, the holiest day of their religious calendar, when devotees mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. But for Nigerian Shiites, the mourning was not just symbolic: Security forces and angry Sunni mobs disrupted processions across northern Nigeria, killing at least 11 people. The country’s biggest Shiite organization, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), claims government-backed thugs also looted and burned Shiite homes and businesses. The central government has not responded to the claims, but the state government in northern Nigeria where the violence took place has blamed “mobs” for the violence…

9 November, 2016
Daily Mail
The world reacts to President Trump: Putin says he wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with America while France’s US ambassador declares ‘the world is collapsing before our eyes’
World leaders have reacted with disbelief after the surprise election of Donald Trump as US president – and Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the first to congratulate the Republican on his win…

27 October, 2016
ExxonMobil strikes 1-billion-barrel well off Nigerian shores
ExxonMobil says it has discovered up to 1 billion barrels of oil off Nigeria’s shores. A statement Thursday says the “significant discovery” at Owowo-3 well extends an existing field worked by the U.S. multinational. ExxonMobil is the operator and owns 27 percent of Owowo. Nigeria’s state oil company holds majority shares. Other partners include Chevron, France’s Total and Chinese-Canadian Nexen…

21 October, 2016
Premium Times
Intelligence firm cautions Nigeria on handling of Shiite crisis
The unfolding confrontation between security agencies and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria could evolve into a full-blown sectarian unrest if not urgently addressed, an intelligence firm warned Friday…

20 October, 2016
Newly banned Shiite group in Nigeria appeals in court
A newly banned Shiite group in northern Nigeria said Thursday it was appealing in court against the government decision that observers are warning could spark sustained violence…

27 September, 2016
Shell: Fire forces closure of key oil pipeline in Nigeria
A fire has forced the closure of a key oil pipeline in Nigeria, Shell said Tuesday, amid ongoing challenges including militant attacks that are losing oil multinationals billions of dollars in what used to be Africa’s biggest petroleum producer…

The six lives of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video to reject reports that he was fatally wounded by Nigeria’s military last month. He has been reported dead several times before…

16 September, 2016
Nigeria to sell $1 billion in Eurobonds as recession bites
Nigeria soon will sell $1 billion in Eurobonds to finance a budget deficit as a recession grips the major African oil producer amid foreign currency shortages and double-digit inflation, officials said Friday…

2 September, 2016
2 Nigerian airlines halt service as recession grips country
Two Nigerian airlines are suspending service as a recession grips this oil-producing West African nation. Shouting matches and scuffles have become common at airports over hours-long delays or canceled flights. Some airlines blame shortages of aviation fuel…

23 August, 2016
CNBC Africa
Nigerian militants ready to negotiate with government
The news of the announcement of ceasefire by the Niger Delta Avengers and the commitment of the militant group to negotiate with the Nigerian government has been received as a welcome development as the country is grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades…

7 August, 2016
The Guardian
Apprehension as soldiers take over 30 states
In a bid to curb insecurity in the country, the high command of the military has deployed troops to 30 states of the federation, a development that has however, led to apprehension in some communities…

4 August, 2016
Premium Times
Insecurity: Soldiers deployed in 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states – Report
Nigerian military personnel can be found on active deployment in no fewer than 30 states of the federation, tackling internal security threats that ordinarily should have been left to the police and paramilitary agencies to contain, a report said Wednesday…

20 June, 2016
Fox News/AP
Naira gains as Nigeria floats currency for 1st time
Nigeria’s naira is plummeting, losing one third of its value as the government floats the currency for the first time in the history of the oil-producing nation…

2 June, 2016
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Nigeria land disputes fuel surge in herdsmen violence
When Sarah Adaji’s husband retired as a teacher two years ago, he kept himself busy tending to their farm, hoping to provide food for his family and make some money off the produce…

27 May, 2016
The Cable
Research-based assessment of Buhari’s first year and what to expect next
Even though the government agrees that things are tough at the moment, it still argues that it has performed well, by building the foundation for a prosperous country – they have also made it a point of duty to keep reminding Nigerians how the last administration raped the country. Any harsh assessment coming from any analyst who is deemed to have worked for the PDP, or sympathetic to it, is always downplayed, no matter how insightful…

5 May, 2016
Deadly conflicts over green pastures in Nigeria
It was too late for the residents of Ukpabi Nimbo, as the attackers invaded their village. According to media reports, heavily armed herdsmen stormed the village in the southeast of Nigeria at the end of April. Dozens were killed, houses and churches were destroyed…

29 April, 2016
A tale of how Fulani herdsmen became Nigeria’s most dangerous force
A Nigerian based research company, SB Morgen has released an extensive report detailing attacks by Fulani Herdsmen from 1999 till date. The report catalogues how these attacks have grown exponentially between 2011 and 2015. From about 19 attacks between 1997 and 2012 it has now grown to 371 incidents, with the bulk being in the Middle-Belt and North-West. By this time, the attacks had also reached the South-South and the South-East, with a sprinkling in the South-West, particularly in the westernmost parts of Oyo State…

22 February, 2016
Foreign exchange policy yields mixed results – Research report
There are indications in the markets that both the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the federal government would be receiving mixed outcome in respect of the exchange rate policy…

11 February, 2016
Ventures Africa
Here is how the naira fall has affected prices of food items in Nigeria
Despite frantic efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to put stringent monetary policies in place, the prices of goods and services are steadily rising throughout the country…

10 February, 2016
Study shows higher food prices in Lagos
Households in the Lagos metropolis may have paid more to prepare a meal in January 2016, than other key Nigerian cities, as prices for food commodities climbed higher says SBM Intelligence, a Lagos based research firm…

20 January, 2016
The Nerve Africa
A few reasons why the Biafra agitation in Nigeria might not be a good idea
For months now, secessionist groups Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been carrying out protests to secure the release of Radio Biafra director Nnamdi Kanu and ask for self-determination. Protests had gone from peaceful to violent at different points and lives have been lost but the Nigerian government has continued to detain Kanu who holds both Nigerian and British citizenship…

22 December, 2015
Business Insider
A dangerous sectarian crisis is brewing in Africa’s largest economy
On December 12 and 13, violence broke out in Zaria, in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, between the military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria…

10 December, 2015
What is the true cost of petrol in Nigeria?
In Nigeria, the continuous repetition of a set of beliefs in the public space is all it takes to accept them as true, even in the face of data clearly showing otherwise…

21 October, 2015
Premium Times
How Nigerian govt. is fuelling conflict between Nigeria’s Fulani herdsmen, host communities – Report
While the attention of the Nigerian government is focused towards ending the violent Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s North East region, it has turned a blind eye to the equally devastating conflict, brewing in the North Central region, a report released on Tuesday has said…

23 July, 2015
Ventures Africa
From August, Nigerians will pay more for everything they consume
The signs are already visible: the prices for tomatoes, yam, poultry, and fuel are climbing, and at an alarming rate. The worst however is yet to come. Experts have predicted that in the coming months Nigerians will pay more for virtually everything they consume, as key market indicators continue to paint a grimmer picture for Africa’s largest economy’s consumer market…