The week's news at a glance.
About 1 million census workers went door-to-door across Nigeria this week, attempting the first official count of Nigerians in decades. Census-taking is a politically fraught issue in the fractious country, as rival tribes in the Muslim north and the Christian south each seek to inflate their numbers to win a greater share of government resources. Every census since the 1960s has been canceled or rejected as flawed. The government hopes that this years survey, which omits questions about ethnicity and religion, wont be so contentious. I wish to stress once again that census-taking is not politics and should therefore not be a contest for political supremacy, said President Olusegun Obasanjo. Nigeria is Africas most populous country, with between 120 million and 150 million residents.