Nigeria

Riots as North refuses to accept Jonathan


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Riots and violence erupted in a number of northern Nigerian states yesterday as supporters of Muhammadu Buhari refused to accept the election of incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan.  The states involved included Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Yobe, all in the North and North East.

Goodluck Jonathan was declared the winner yesterday (Monday 18th April) with 57% of the votes, with Buhari coming second with 31%.  Buhari took twelve of the mainly Muslim northern states in a sign that Nigerian politics is continuing to be polarised by religion; the north is predominantly Muslim and the south Christian.

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