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LAGOS Feb 15 Annual inflation in Nigeria rose
in January to 18.72 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics
said on Wednesday, its 12th straight monthly increase.
The rise from 18.55 percent in December, its highest in more
than 11 years, was driven by surges in food, transport and
electricity. A separate food index also rose, to 17.82 percent
from 17.39 percent in December, the statistics office said.
Galloping inflation comes as Africa's largest economy
grapples with its first recession in 25 years, largely caused by
the fall in global oil prices since 2014. Crude oil sales
account for 70 percent of government revenue.
In December, President Muhammadu Buhari presented a record
7.298 trillion-naira ($23.97 billion) budget for 2017 aimed at
stimulating growth and pulling the economy out of recession.
Economists have questioned whether those goals can be reached.
The soaring cost of living in Nigeria, where the United
Nations estimates that 70 percent of the population live on a
dollar a day, has prompted widespread anger at Buhari's handling
of the economy.
(Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha and Oludare Mayowa, editing by