Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan (4th left) visits the scene of a bomb blast that occurred on Wednesday at the business district in Wuse 2 in Abuja. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said today that the country has entered one of the darkest phases of its history as he visited the scene of a bom(...)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan says he is determined to protect  democracy,  national unity and  political stability. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Nigeria’s president has ordered “a full-scale operation” against Boko Haram Islamist militants and is seeking to reassure the parents of 219 schoolgir(...)

A protester addresses the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protest group as they march to the presidential villa to deliver a letter to Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja last week. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed,(...)

 Crowds gather at the scene of an explosion at Terminus Market in Jos, Nigeria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Rescue workers are digging through rubble in the search for more victims of twin car bomb blasts that collapsed buildings in a bustling marketplace an(...)

Pictured during a summit in Paris on security in Nigeria are (L-R) Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou, Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan, French president Francois Hollande, Chad’s president Idriss Deby Itno and Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi . Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images.

West African leaders have agreed to work together to wage “total war” on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al-Qaeda (...)

A student who escaped when Boko Haram rebels stormed a school and abducted schoolgirls, identifies her schoolmates from a video released by the Islamist rebel group at the Government House in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters

Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled a trip to the traumatised town from which Islamic extremists abduc(...)

Members of the women’s wing of the Nigerian All Progessive Party protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

The Nigerian government has signalled it is ready to negotiate with the Islamist militants who are holding more than 200 schoolgirls captive, as inter(...)

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Photograph: Boko Haram handout via Reuters TV

Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fr(...)

Former French first ladies Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (left) and Valerie Trierweiler (right) stand with politicians and entertainment artists behind a banner that reads: “Leaders, bring back our girls”, during a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A manned twin-engine surveillance plane, called the Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty, has begun flying missions over Nigeria to help track down 200 schoolgir(...)

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen on YouTube. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s government said today the “window of negotiation” is open with Boko Haram rebels who abducted more than 200 girls a month ago from their s(...)