There is cautious optimism in Nigeria today over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram.
The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.
Nigeria Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls but doubts immediately surrounded the purported breakthrough.
Nigeria's chief security spokesman Friday said that there was no deal in place with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 hostage schoolgirls after the presidency said an accord had been reached.
The Nigerian passenger, who was taken to a Madrid hospital from an Air France plane by police-escorted ambulance over fears he was suffering from Ebola, has tested negative for the disease, the Spanish government said on Friday.
Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the northeast, the country`s elections chief told AFP, arguing that the disenfranchisement of thousands of people would not undermine the entire vote.
Ahmed Musa scored twice to help holders Nigeria to their first win in African Nations Cup qualifying as they beat Sudan 3-1 in Abuja on Wednesday to resurrect their chances of reaching next year`s finals in Morocco.