May 30, 2000 |
West African leaders agreed to send 3,000 troops to Sierra Leone to help U.N. peacekeepers who have suffered rebel attacks and seen their colleagues kidnapped. Although a statement released by the heads of state meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, did not specify how many troops would be sent, officials at the conference said on condition of anonymity that leaders had endorsed a proposal made by regional defense ministers two weeks ago to send 3,000 soldiers, most of them Nigerian.
May 10, 2000 |
With the Clinton administration offering economic and technical support, West African leaders agreed Tuesday to consider sending a Nigerian-led military force to restore order in Sierra Leone, a step that would amount to a vote of no confidence in beleaguered U.N. peacekeepers.
July 20, 1998 |
To hear southern Nigerians tell it, the people from the North in this populous West African nation are to blame for the military's long stranglehold on power. Generals from the mostly conservative Hausa and Fulani northern clans have held tightly to control, southerners maintain, draining the South of its oil wealth and other resources and giving nothing in return to its dominant Yoruba group and ethnic minorities.
July 9, 1998 |
As fatal rioting rocked Nigeria and its military leader dissolved his Cabinet, analysts said Wednesday that the death of Moshood Abiola, the nation's most prominent political prisoner, has complicated and probably delayed prospects for a peaceful push for democracy there. Foes of the Nigerian military regime, observers said, now must scramble to find another figurehead for their struggle against political and civil injustice, after Abiola died Tuesday from what was apparently a heart attack.
May 9, 1998 |
The military junta has arrested the leader of a human rights group that led several recent protests against the regime. Olisa Agbakoba, chairman of United Action for Democracy, was seized by police at the international airport in Lagos upon his return from Ghana, the group said in a statement. Police declined to comment. The group claimed responsibility for an anti-government protest in the southwestern city of Ibadan last week that left seven people dead and dozens of cars and homes burned.
November 18, 1995 |
As President Clinton and other world leaders consider imposing harsh sanctions on Nigeria's military dictatorship following the executions of nine political activists, several crucial questions loom. Can Gen. Sani Abacha, who marked his second anniversary in power Friday, be persuaded to step down? Will the army, which has run Nigeria at gunpoint for 25 of the last 35 years, finally return to the barracks? If democracy is restored, can it be sustained?