There are celebrations on the streets of Nigeria, as former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari declares victory in the country’s presidential elections.
As Nigerian opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari extends his lead over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by some 2.5 million votes, residents in Lagos hope for a peaceful outcome.
Presidential challenger and former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has promised to get rid of corruption and deal with insecurity. Buhari’s reputation as a strongman touches on the two issues Nigerians feel most strongly about: graft and a raging Islamist insurgency. But regionalism will likely decide whether he can beat President Goodluck Jonathan at the polls on March 28.
Nigeria prepares to go to the polls amid threats by Sunni militant group Boko Haram to disrupt the March 28 vote.
President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to do more to fight graft and insecurity as he seeks to be re-elected for the second term. Critics have accused Jonathan of being ineffectual in the two issues Nigerians feels strongly about- a charge he denies.
Soldiers from Niger and Chad discover the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, in town liberated from Boko Haram militants.
Nigeria’s largest cities have been hit by acute fuel shortages which are crippling transport and businesses ahead of the country’s 2015 general elections.
Nigeria’s central bank chief insists that there is “no need to panic” about a slide in the currency, despite figures showing that the bank had burned through over 110 million U.S. dollars a day, whilst trying to defend the Naira.