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Nigeria imposes restrictions amid sharp rise in COVID-19 cases

25 March 2020 There are concerns there is too much indifference towards the pandemic in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria has imposed restrictions in its administrative and commercial capitals following a sharp rise in cases, and its first death. But the streets are still packed with people. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja. Follow @naijiant

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Two-goal Ighalo warms his way into United hearts

6 March 2020 Odion Ighalo did more than strike twice for Manchester United in last night’s 3-0 defeat of Derby County at Pride Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The January loan signing went a long way in proving the doubters wrong as he grabbed his third goal in two starts, after opening his account for his …

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Odion Ighalo opens his account for Manchester United

27 February 2020 Cometh the 34th minute, cometh Odion Ighalo with the goal for Man United that millions of Nigerian fans have been waiting for since Ighalo joined the Old Trafford sleeping giants in a shock loan move during the January transfer window. Club Brugge were the opponents in the last 32 of the Europa Cup and they were a …

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Usman dan Fodio: Founder of the Sokoto Caliphate

24 February 2020 He was a religious teacher who became the leader of a revolution: Usman dan Fodio, respectfully referred to as Sheikh, criticized the elites and changed the political system in present-day northern Nigeria. What was Usman dan Fodio’s background? Usman dan Fodio was born on December 15, 1754 in the village of Maratta, in the Hausa-speaking city state …

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Rio Ferdinand and Lagosians react to Man U signing Odion Ighalo

1 February 2020 Manchester United’s former defender Rio Ferdinand is in Lagos over the weekend and he decided to judge the mood of the club’s fans in the city over the transfer deadline day signing of Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo. It was a case of mixed reactions. Despite the misgivings of some, coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is confident that the …

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Nigeria’s hottest striker Victor Osimhen speaks on life at Lille

6 January 2019 Victor Osimhen has taken the French first division by storm this term – this his debut season for Lille, scoring 10 goals in 18 appearances and attracting interest from European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. In this interview, Osimhen attributes “almost half of my success” to his former Nigeria Under-17 coach Emmanuel Amunike, who …

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Nigerian oil and the disappearing money

5 January 2020 Nigeria has the biggest oil reserves in Africa but who’s cashing in? Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and has its biggest economy. But it’s also coping with crushing levels of poverty. So where does all that oil money go? “Start Here” on Al Jazeera examines the issue below: Follow @naijiant

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Opeyemi Sowore calls on the UN to help bring her husband home

21 December 2019 Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore, the New Jersey-based publisher of Sahara Reporters currently being detained by the Nigerian authorities, has asked the United Nations to intervene against the “lawlessness” of the Nigerian government. The activist was held in August and charged with “treason” after calling for a “revolution” in Nigeria. His wife spoke to CNN. …

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US senator Bob Menendez condemns harassment & rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria

7 December 2019 Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and New Jersey resident, was rearrested in dramatic scenes in Nigeria. Sowore was first arrested in August and was released yesterday, after the Nigerian government ignored two court orders. But he …

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