Friday, March 6, 2015

Nigerians, Fearing Election Violence, Forfeit Vote to Move to Other End of Country

Ahead of Nigeria's general elections on March 28, hundreds of people, fearful of election violence, have fled back to their place of origin, World Watch Monitor has been told.

The election was originally scheduled for February 14th, before being postponed to the March date for security reasons
Take for example Sam Nwodo, 48, a dealer in motor parts, who has moved his family from Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State in northern Nigeria, to his native Imo State in the South. In 2000, Zamfara State was the first State to implement Sharia Law in the country. This act was then followed by 11 other States in the North.

The election between the two main candidates: incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition (All Progressive Congress, APC) one,  Retired Gen. Muhammed Buhari, has crystallised tensions and divisions along religious and ethnic lines.

'Surrender or be killed': Chad president challenges Boko Haram leader

The President of Chad has promised to "wipe out" Boko Haram, and claimed he knew where its leader is hiding, calling on him to give himself up.

"Abubakar Shekau must surrender. We know where he is. If he doesn't give himself up he will suffer the same fate as his compatriots," President Idriss Deby told a press conference yesterday.

"He was in Dikwa [north-eastern Nigeria] two days ago. He managed to get away but we know where he is. It's in his interests to surrender."

Deby went on to vow that Shekau's terrorist group, which caused the deaths of more than 6,000 civilians in 2014, would be defeated. "We are going to win the war and we are going to wipe out Boko Haram, contrary to what certain media think. The Chadian and Niger forces will continue their mission to finally put an end to this shadowy group."

Enemies to peacemakers: Nigerian pastor and imam discuss faith

A Nigerian Christian pastor and a Muslim imam — both fundamentalists in their faiths and once sworn enemies — are now working to restore peace and respect across the religious divide.

Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa work together at the Interfaith Mediation Center in Nigeria. They've come a long way after a past of training their followers to hate and kill the opposing faith.

They are in Minnesota for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and joined MPR News' Tom Crann to talk about their friendship.

2015 Polls: CAN tasks Nigerians to curb youth restiveness, political thuggery

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to help in curbing the menace of irate youths and political thugs in order to ensure peaceful elections this month.

Its North-East Zonal Chairman, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, who spoke at a news conference in Bauchi, said that the present apprehension of political violence was becoming alarming.

Byel explained that the purpose of the news conference was to mobilize, educate and sensitize Nigerians on the need to eschew utterances and actions capable of inflaming the polity.

“The main purpose of this conference is to mobilize, educate and sensitize Christians and the generality of Nigeria populace to avoid utterances and actions which can blow into flames the already prevailing insecurity of lives and property.

Five U.S. Groups Commit to Pray for Nigeria's Elections

CANAN, ASPLN, The Praying Army, Wailing Women Worldwide & Nigeria Prays, five groups in the United States have committed to pray for Nigeria's peace, democracy and the forthcoming general elections. 

Prayers will hold every Saturday night from March 7th to election day. More details after the cut

Boko Haram violence causing worsening refugee crisis for Nigeria

The ongoing attacks from Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria have caused a large influx of people into neighbouring countries and other parts of Nigeria.

The total number of people displaced has reached 1.2 million, according to the latest figures from Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), IRIN reports. Even this figure is likely to be an underestimate, as the agency's access to the region was limited.

Those displaced are largely from the three states in the northeast that have been targeted most by Boko Haram militants – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Last month the United Nations reported that the violence, which has now spilled over into neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, had forced people to flee into dangerous territories on the Cameroonian border.


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