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Nigeria Holds An Election After A One Week Delay



On Saturday, Nigerians went to the polls to vote in one of the most polarizing presidential election in Nigeria’s history. Incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress is seeking another term as president. His opponent is Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party. ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍

The election was originally scheduled to take place last Saturday, but it was delayed by a week after security concerns and problems with transportation. This delay has been very inconvenient for the Nigerian people. Yusuf Ibrahim, a voter in the election, told AP, “I came all the way from my home to cast my vote this morning... I am not happy, I'm very, very angry.” ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍

There have been additional delays added onto the original delay as voting materials were deployed late.


There was some violence before the polls opened. Multiple bombs were blasted in Maiduguri, Nigeria only hours before the polls opened. Fortunately, there have not been any reported deaths from the blast. In the southwest area of the country, three people were killed and one person was wounded because of election-related violence.

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