Nigeria's president ditches bank chief who triggered $50B oil scandal

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An explosive scandal over oil revenues has gone toxic with President Goodluck Jonathan suspending the Central Bank governor who blew the whistle on $50 billion allegedly missing from state coffers, and accusing him of "financial recklessness."

Nigeria: State oil company to be probed over '$20B subsidy racket'

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Nigeria is to carry out a forensic audit of the state oil company over an alleged $20 billion subsidy racket that officials say may help explain what happened to $50 billion in oil revenues that the governor of the central bank says is missing.

Nigeria attacks frustrate United Nations

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The United Nations Tuesday accused the Nigerian government of not taking national security seriously after weekend Boko Haram attacks that left hundreds dead.

Activists report gay-bashing spree in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Activists say a mob in Nigeria attacked young men they believed were homosexuals this weekend, beating one victim nearly to death.

ICRC says Nigerian violence inhibiting aid

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Mounting security challenges in Nigeria is making it difficult for civilians to meet their most basic needs, ICRC regional delegate Zoran Jovanovic said.

Citizens fleeing Boko Haram threat, U.N. says

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- More than 35,000 people from Niger and Nigeria have been displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria, the United Nations says.

Boko Haram suspected in attacks that killed 76 in 2 Nigerian states

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants killed 76 people in Nigeria, including 22 in a church, police said.
11 Muslim men to be tried in Nigeria for homosexuality

11 Muslim men to be tried in Nigeria for homosexuality

BAUCHI, Nigeria, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An Islamic court in Nigeria is trying 11 Muslim men, who face death by stoning for allegedly having same-sex relationships, a religious leader said.

Dozens arrested as Nigeria begins enforcing anti-gay law

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Dozens of gay men in Nigeria have been arrested as police begin to enforce the country's harsh new anti-gay law, human rights activists said.
Pillay: Anti-gay law in Nigeria 'draconian'

Pillay: Anti-gay law in Nigeria 'draconian'

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex unions is a "draconian" measure that punishes people for displaying affection, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan signs same-sex marriage ban into law

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The United States expressed concern Monday over Nigeria's enactment of a law prohibiting same-sex marriage in the African country.
Nigeria outlaws same sex marriage

Nigeria outlaws same sex marriage

Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January, prompting criticism from world leaders, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Dozen killed in weekend attacks on two Nigerian villages

TASHAN ALEDE, Nigeria, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Attacks in two Nigerian villages by suspected members of Boko Haram killed at least 12 people during the weekend, officials said.

Nigeria's leader under fire over missing $50B in oil money

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- President Goodluck Jonathan is under growing pressure about top-level corruption in Nigeria's oil industry, with the central bank asking what happened to $50 billion in missing oil revenues and his political mentor, former president Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo complaining about massive fraud in the industry.

'Immediate trial' ordered for 500 held in Nigeria on terrorism charges

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- "Immediate trial" has been ordered for 500 of 1,400 Nigerian terror suspects detained for months without prosecution, military authorities say.
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Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the 14th and current President of Nigeria.

He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). On 13 January 2010, a federal court handed him the power to carry out state affairs while President Umaru Yar'Adua received medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian hospital. A motion from the Nigerian Senate on 9 February 2010 confirmed these powers to act as President, in recognition of her opinion. On 24 February 2010, Yar'Adua returned to Nigeria, but Jonathan continued as acting president. Upon Yar'Adua's death on 5 May 2010, Jonathan succeeded to the Presidency, taking the oath of office on 6 May 2010.

Jonathan was born in Otueke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the then Eastern Region, later Rivers State, now Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers. Jonathan holds a B.Sc. degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours, Upper Division. He also holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a Ph.D. degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt. After obtaining his degree, he worked as an education inspector, lecturer, and environmental-protection officer, until he decided to enter politics in 1998.

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