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Nigerians choose their president

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Nigerians choose their president


Voting is underway in Nigeria, where the most populous African nation is choosing its president.

Since military rule ended in 1999 Nigeria has not succeeded in holding a free and fair presidential election and the belief in the benefits of democracy has faded from many in the country’s 150-million people.

But observers thought a parliamentary election last week was relatively successful and that has renewed confidence that this could prove to be Nigeria’s first credible presidential poll for decades.

The front-runner is the sitting president Goodluck Jonathan who has already cast his vote.

He is from the oil-producing Niger delta in the south, but many in the north feel it is the turn of their candidate, the former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

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