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Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is a Nigerian  politician and currently the 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.

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.

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Articles About Goodluck Jonathan

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Nigerian Islamists Kill 59 Pupils in Boarding School Attack

By Reuters

Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils in a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight, a hospital official and security forces said on Tuesday. (Feb 26)

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Islamists Kill 47 in Attack in Northeast Nigeria - Police

By Reuters

Gunmen from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group attacked the northeastern town of Bama on Wednesday, opening fire on a school, shooting or burning to death 47 people and trashing the palace of a traditional ruler, officials and witnesses said. (Feb 20)

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Suspected Islamists Kill 90 in Nigeria Village Raid - Witnesses

By Reuters

Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 90 people in an early morning attack on a village in remote northeast Nigeria on Sunday, witnesses said. (Feb 17)

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Signs Anti-Gay Bill, Now A Law

By IBTimes AU

Same-sex relationships are now legally a no-no in Nigeria. Pres. Goodluck Jonathan has signed a bill on Monday criminalizing such unions. (Jan 14)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, NIGERIA

Nelson Mandela: What Made A Good Leader Great?

By IBTimes AU

The 95-year-old anti-apartheid revolutionary politician who became South Africa's first black president died on Thursday night. Global leaders have come forward to pay tribute to the former South African president. (Dec 06)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, HUMAN RIGHTS, AUSTRALIA, JACOB ZUMA, NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA, AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, ETHIOPIA, MOROCCO

South Africa, World Mourn 'Giant for Justice' Mandela

By Reuters

South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. (Dec 06)

MORE TOPICS: AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, BARACK OBAMA, WHITE HOUSE, ELECTIONS, NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA

Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Maiduguri Prompting 24-Hour Curfew

By IBTimes UK

Several people killed in fresh Islamist offensive, according to reports (Dec 02)

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Nigerian Troops Kill 29 Boko Haram Islamists

By IBTimes UK

Nigerian troops kill 29 Boko Haram militants as part of targeted two-day raid. (Nov 18)

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Nigerian Army and Air Force Kill 74 Boko Haram Members in Raids on Terror Stronghold Villages

By IBTimes UK

Ground and aerial assault destroy Islamist camps in northeast Borno villages of Galangi and Lawanti. (Oct 26)

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Nigeria Celebrates 53rd Anniversary of Independence with Obama, Putin and Piers Morgan Support

By IBTimes UK

West African nation marks independence from UK with best wishes from around the world. (Oct 01)

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