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Friday, July 10, 1998 Published at 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK

Nigeria opposition radio - Kudirat background

(FOR BBC ONLINE ONLY) Background on Radio Kudirat Nigeria Radio Kudirat Nigeria, Voice of Democracy, broadcasts to Nigeria on behalf of the opposition United Democratic Front of Nigeria (UDFN).

It began broadcasting on 12th June 1996 as Radio Democrat International, Nigeria, and uses a powerful shortwave transmitter in South Africa.

The radio announces a London postal address.

Radio Democrat International said that it was launched to complement the activities of its sister station, Radio Freedom Frequency, a pirate radio station carrying anti-government programming, which has broadcast on VHF/FM frequencies to the Lagos area since June 1995.

Radio Democrat changed its name to Radio Kudirat in August 1996; the new name is taken from that of the late Kudirat Abiola, wife of Mashood Abiola, presumed winner of the cancelled 1993 elections.

Source: Monitoring research 10 Jul 98 BBC Mon MD1 Media pf 1341100798

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