Those elections for a five-year term were won by incumbent President Tandja. In December 2004, he won re-election for a final five- year term which is expected to end after this Decemberâ€™s general elections.Read More
Two events culminated in the rise of militancy in the Niger Delta from the late 1990s. One was the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections and the incarceration or murder of those who insisted it should be de-annulled.Read More
The countryâ€™s first President after its July 15, 1960 independence from France was Leon Mba. Popular protests and an army mutiny forced him to resign in February 1964 but within two days French paratroopers intervened and reinstated him.Read More
By Owei Lakemfa SEVEN years ago, the Nigerian Telecommunications PlcÂ (NITEL) was a beautiful bride.Â It was courted by many suitors most of them out of lust.Â NITEL was the telecommunications gold mine, and many miners, most of them illegal, sought to steal its precious metal.