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
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.