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Winning back trust in Nigeria’s rescheduled elections

22 February 2019 Only hours before polls were to open, Nigeria’s electoral commission postponed elections scheduled for 16 February by one week. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Nigeria expert Nnamdi Obasi says the commission and other authorities must act now to win back trust and reduce risks of violence. What happened? Nigeria’s 84 million voters were set to vote in …

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Nigeria’s postponed vote: What happens now?

18 February 2019 As the dust settles on Nigeria’s postponed general election, Nigerians have expressed their frustration with the electoral commission. But many are still optimistic their voices will be heard. Nigerians were left reeling over the weekend after the much-hyped general election was postponed by a week just hours before polls were due to open on the morning of 16 …

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Election Related Death Toll Rises to 181 in Nigeria

17 February 2019 The lead up to the 2019 Elections has currently claimed an updated number of 181 persons from October 10, 2018 to 15th February 2019.  This data could be increased by 11 or 66 depending on verification of the lives lost in Kajuru, Kaduna State. There’s a dispute to the nature of what happened and to the number …

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Nigeria: another chaotic election

16 February 2019 Hours before polling stations were set to open, Nigeria’s electoral body announced the postponement of the elections for logistical reasons – a deja-vu moment, writes DW’s Thomas Mösch. The morning of February 16 seems all too familiar. It brings back memories of April 2011 when the electoral commission INEC, called off elections hours after(!) the polls had already opened and …

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Buhari has failed to deliver – German TV’s Lagos correspondent

15 February 2019 Nigeria’s President Buhari hopes to be re-elected on Saturday. When he took office four years ago, he made sweeping promises – which he has almost entirely failed to keep, says DW’s Lagos correspondent, Adrian Kriesch. Kano, in Nigeria’s north, in early 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Buhari supporters throng the streets on their way to a rally, …

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The UK Guardian view on Nigeria’s elections: 84m voters deserve better

11 February 2019 The UK’s Guardian newspaper published the editorial below yesterday on the Nigerian elections that begin on Saturday with voting for the president. The presidential election has seen more mudslinging than serious debate. But vote-rigging and violence are the immediate concerns Nigeria’s 84 million voters will go to the polls next weekend to give their verdict on Muhammadu …

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Nigeria’s brutal decision: Former dictator or alleged kleptocrat

9 February 2019 Voters need to choose between a pair of uninspiring presidential candidates, neither offering a fix for its struggling economy. What’s a Nigerian citizen to do when there’s a presidential election coming up and the two leading candidates are a former dictator who’s presided over four years of lackluster growth and an alleged kleptocrat of international repute? This …

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Nigerian army plotting to kill Sheikh Zakzaky – Shi’ites

8 February 2019 The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says the country’s army is plotting to kill incarcerated top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in a “staged” shootout. In a statement on Wednesday, the IMN exposed a plan by the security agencies in Nigeria to kill Sheikh Zakzaky while in his detention facility. The plot to kill the top cleric …

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