Stories written by Sam Olukoya

DEVELOPMENT-NIGERIA: Burnt Alive, as History Repeats Itself

"The location, the timing all made a perfect situation for this kind of tragedy," said Bode Olufemi of Environmental Rights Action, the Nigerian affiliate of non-governmental group Friends of the Earth – this after walking through the distressing aftermath of an oil pipeline fire that broke out in Nigeria’s financial hub of Lagos, Tuesday.

RIGHTS-NIGERIA: “People Always See Us As Health Hazards”

"When I go home, I often notice that as soon as I come, all the towels, soaps and sponges that were in the bathroom will disappear," says Isaiah Ojeabulu. He chairs the Human Rights Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy, an organisation in Nigeria, and has himself suffered from leprosy.

DEATH PENALTY: No Outrage for Nigerians in Singapore

When Uzonna Tochi picked up the phone last week he heard the most chilling words of his life. "Please do something fast to save my life; they might execute me anytime now," Uzonna's older brother, Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi, pleaded from Singapore.

ENVIRONMENT-NIGERIA: The Downside of Being a “Benchmark for Eco-Tourism”

An initiative that aspires to turn a national park into what officials term a "benchmark for eco-tourism developments" may seem beyond reproach. If the conservation area is Yankari National Park in north-eastern Nigeria, however, it could well give pause for thought.

DEVELOPMENT-AFRICA: Universities That Aren’t Worth the Name

"Glorified secondary schools" is the derisive term coined by Nigerians to describe their country's universities. Classrooms are overcrowded, with many students sitting on the floor during lectures. Libraries lack books, and laboratories are ill-equipped to conduct experiments.

ENERGY-NIGERIA: Power Cuts Leave Country in the Dark – And in the Grave

Four days after moving into a new house in Sango Otta, a suburb of Nigeria's commercial hub - Lagos - Soji Alawiye, his pregnant wife, two children and another family member died in their sleep. The cause of death: fumes from a portable generator that was left on overnight after a power cut.

ENERGY-NIGERIA: Power Cuts Leave Country in the Dark – And in the Grave

Four days after moving into a new house in Sango Otta, a suburb of Nigeria's commercial hub - Lagos - Soji Alawiye, his pregnant wife, two children and another family member died in their sleep. The cause of death: fumes from a portable generator that was left on overnight after a power cut.

POLITICS-NIGERIA: Will the National Dialogue Preach to the Converted?

From behind a curtain in her home in Kaduna city, northern Nigeria, Clementina Paul had an unwanted front seat to one of the worst bouts of violence to occur in her country during the past decade: the clashes between Christians and Muslims in 2000.

DEVELOPMENT-NIGERIA: Private Water, Public Good?

In Agege, a suburb of Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, Augusta Uyi-Evbuomwam has become indispensable.

ECONOMY-NIGERIA: Rebel Leader – Voice for the Masses, or Skilled Opportunist?

"The Nigerian government cannot protect all the oil pipelines in the Niger delta. If somebody says that they can protect all the pipelines that criss-cross the Niger delta, the person is a liar or maybe he does not know...the area," says Alhaji Mujahid Dokubu-Asari, leader of the rebel Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force.

HEALTH-NIGERIA: Taking the Knife to Burn Deformities

An exploding kerosene lantern brought life as Jude Ogbogbo knew it to an abrupt halt, when he was seven years old. "I lit the lantern and I was about to climb a staircase when it exploded. The kerosene splashed all over my body and I was covered in flames," he recalled in an interview with IPS.

LABOUR-NIGERIA: Modified, a Union Bill Still Gives Cause for Concern

Controversy over a bill to amend Nigeria’s trade union laws surfaced again this week, when a modified version of the measure was passed by the country’s senate.

ECONOMY-NIGERIA: The Fires That Burn Too Brightly

At a beach on Akassa Island in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta region, Robert Cole tries to protect the eggs of turtles that come ashore to breed. But, it's not predators or people who collect the eggs that concern Cole: he's worried about gas flares burning around the beach.

LABOUR-NIGERIA: Oil Industry Crisis Worsening

Indigenous oil workers in Nigeria are angry with multinational oil companies operating in the country’s Niger Delta region over the influx of foreign oil workers mainly from the United States and Europe.

RIGHTS-NIGERIA: Activists Target Alleged Extra-Judicial Killings

"Kill and go": this is the nickname that has been given to Nigeria’s mobile police unit. Its members have an alleged propensity to gun down people at the slightest provocation, then walk away unconcerned.

RIGHTS-NIGERIA: Activists Target Alleged Extra-Judicial Killings

"Kill and go": this is the nickname that has been given to Nigeria’s mobile police unit. Its members have an alleged propensity to gun down people at the slightest provocation, then walk away unconcerned.

LABOUR-NIGERIA: “You Do Not Stop Workers Through Laws”

"Leaders come and go, but there will always be workers' unions." This is the philosophical view which Elder Linus Ukamba, Senior Assistant General Secretary of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has adopted towards plans by President Olusegun Obasanjo to dismantle the union federation.

RIGHTS-NIGERIA: Freedom of Information Bill Proves Elusive

In recent decades, Nigeria has acquired the unhappy reputation of being one of the world's most corrupt states. It would also earn a high ranking in a list of the most secretive nations.

MAY DAY-NIGERIA: Pity the Victims of Workplace Accidents

Life on the job in Nigeria can be tough. But, it becomes even harder for those who have the misfortune to sustain injuries in the workplace.

RIGHTS: Cult Students Control the Campus, their Parents Run Nigeria

Omoyele Sowore’s attackers wore red baseball hats and covered their faces.

WORLD HEALTH DAY: Night Travel in Nigeria Saves Time – But Takes Lives

Okpara Williams says travelling at night along Nigeria's roads is a dangerous affair: "You can never tell whether or not you will get to your destination alive."

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