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Nigerian Guardian Newspaper

Nigerian Guardian newspaper is one of the few newspapers that almost every Nigerian rely on, for quality news. It  was established  22 February 1983 as a weekly newspaper by two business men named Alex Ibru and Stanley Macebuh. It quickly gained acceptance and popularity among Nigerians and therefore began daily publication on 4 July 1983. The paper strives to be independent of any ethnic, religious, political or other interest groups. Gurdian newspaper is among the few relatively long lasting national newspapers in Nigeria. The longevity is mainly due to its non-partisanship, focus on business content and coverage of broad range of issues relevant to Nigerians. Alex Ibru was Minister of Internal Affairs from 1993 to 1995 during General Sani Abacha military regime.

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Facts About Nigeria

The history of Nigeria dates back to thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that Nigeria had a civilisation in as early as 9000 BC. Over the centuries, several kingdoms belonging to different regions in Nigeria flourished and prospered. They established trade between other countries in Africa and remained sovereign until the arrival of colonisers in the early 1900s.

Although it was the Spanish and Portuguese traders who first established trade links with the Nigerian Kingdoms, it was the British who first colonised parts of Nigeria in the late 1800s. Nigeria officially became part of the British Empire on January 1, 1901. Nigeria witnessed many wars and protests for freedom in the later part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. After the Second World War, the Nigerian nationalism and the cries for freedom strengthened and as a result of which, in 1960, the country acquired independence from Britain.

The post-independence government in Nigeria was an unstable coalition of several conservative parties. Coupled with the unrest among the different ethnic population, Nigeria witnessed several military coups. In 1967, the Nigerian Civil war, also known as the Biafran war, erupted as the North Western region attacked the South Eastern region. The war ended only in 1970. In this most brutal war ever fought on Nigerian soil, an estimated 1 to 3 million people have died and many millions have been displaced.

Over the coming years Nigeria swung between civilian and military regimes with many coups taking place from time to time. Nigeria’s return to democracy began with a much flawed and criticised general election in 2007 in which the People’s Democratic Party claimed victory. In April 2011, a new general election which ran smoothly without any violence was held that saw the People’s Democratic Party staying in power.

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