Many people are reported dead in post-election violence in the north of Nigeria, the homeland of the runner-up in Saturday’s vote.
Gangs of youths went on the rampage burning churches, houses and cars in Kaduna state and Kano, where a curfew has been imposed.
Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan- who is a native of the south of the country- called for calm following the result that saw him poll 23 million votes, against Muhammadu Buhari’s 12 million plus.
It is believed that 300 people were injured and 15,000 forced to flee the fighting. The number of dead is yet to be confirmed.
Buhari’s party complained to the electoral commission over voter intimidation and rigged results in the president’s strongholds.
European Union monitors disagree. They say it was the fairest election in Nigeria for decades.