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YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s opposition urges military to stay away from vote

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s top opposition candidate urged the military not to be involved in the upcoming presidential election, saying the army “has no role to play in the conduct” of the poll. Speaking on national television Tuesday, Atiku Abubakar criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier remarks in which he ordered Nigeria’s security forces to … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s opposition urges military to stay away from vote

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria’s tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria’s presidential election, and the answer is peace. “We don’t want any more bloodshed in Nigeria,” said Everistus Suburu, vice chairman of the church in the northern state of Kano. “We are tired of (Islamic extremist group) Boko Haram.” … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria’s tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s top candidates on Saturday condemned the last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until Feb. 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa’s largest democracy for calm. The decision, announced just five hours before polls were to open, is a costly one. Authorities now must decide what … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified “challenges.” The top candidates condemned the decision and blamed each other but appealed to Africa’s largest democracy for calm, while they rushed back to the capital to learn … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria | In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria (AP) — It’s hard to find a campaign poster in this threadbare settlement on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, where thousands live in makeshift structures of tarpaulin and sticks of timber. From his little grocery shop, 65-year-old Jafar Ali awaits the moment a presidential contender will visit Ruga. He isn’t hopeful. … Continue reading RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria | In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

ABUJA, Nigeria | Ahead of Nigeria election, opposition alleges ghost voters

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of vote rigging ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. The electoral commission “did not in fact do a cleanup of the register of voters” before publishing it, Uche … Continue reading ABUJA, Nigeria | Ahead of Nigeria election, opposition alleges ghost voters

KAMPALA, Uganda | Explosion near cinema hits weeks after deadly Kenya attack

KAMPALA, Uganda—Jan 26, 2019— An explosive device went off outside a cinema in a busy part of Kenya‘s capital Saturday and injured two people, police said. One of those injured in the explosion in Nairobi was a handcart pusher who received a small piece of luggage from an individual who later fled. The other was … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Explosion near cinema hits weeks after deadly Kenya attack

KAMPALA, Uganda | Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

KAMPALA, Uganda — Can one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power? A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president’s tentative embrace of a so-called “national dialogue” as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is unsettling … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave