UN chief appalled by deadly violence in Nigeria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the deadly violence that broke out in parts of Nigeria in recent days and reportedly killed at least 30 people and injured more than 70 others.

UN seeks development ‘synergies’ along modified Nigeria-Cameroon border

United Nations officials today launched development efforts to help communities affected by a Nigerian-Cameroonian boundary settlement that saw several border modifications, including Nigeria’s transfer to Cameroon of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula.

Nigeria experiencing worst cholera outbreak in years, UN reports

Nigeria is in the midst of its worst cholera outbreak in recent years, with nearly 40,000 cases and more than 1,500 deaths reported since the start of the year, the United Nations reported today.

Hundreds dead, thousands at risk from Nigerian lead pollution, UN team reports

The deadly lead pollution crisis in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara due to backyard gold digging is far from over, with hundreds of lives already lost and thousands of people at risk, a United Nations investigative team warned today.

UN team takes soil, water samples in deadly Nigerian lead poisoning outbreak

A United Nations team has finished collecting dozens of soil and water samples in a region of northern Nigeria where acute lead poisoning due to backyard gold digging has sickened hundreds of children this year, leading to excess deaths.

Ban condemns bomb blasts at Nigeria’s independence celebrations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the car bomb attacks near the venue in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, of celebrations to mark the country’s 50th independence anniversary, and expressed his condolences to the Government and the families of those who lost their lives.

UN probes outbreak of lead poisoning in northern Nigeria

The United Nations humanitarian arm is expanding its assistance to authorities in northern Nigeria, where a large-scale outbreak of lead poisoning resulting from the backyard efforts of some locals to dig for gold has affected hundreds of children this year.

Nigeria: UN health agency helps contain child lead poisoning outbreak

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Nigerian Government to contain an unprecedented outbreak of lead poisoning in the country’s north, a result of the processing of lead-rich ore in gold mining.

Late Nigerian President Yar’Adua eulogized at UN gathering

The United Nations paid tribute today to Nigerian President Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, who died last week, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon eulogizing “his unwavering contribution to democratic governance” and the 192-member General Assembly standing in a minute’s silence.

Ban expresses sadness at death of Nigerian leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness to learn of the death of Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, which he called a great loss for the African nation and its people.