Nigeria’s president says state elections will go ahead next week despite rioting which is feared to have killed hundreds of people across the mostly Muslim north.
Angry youths launched violent protests after Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south, was declared the winner of last weekend’s presidential election. In a televised address, he said the acts of “mayhem are sad reminders of events which plunged the country into a civil war” referring to killings that led to the Biafra war, in which one million people died in the 1960s.
Africa’s most populous nation is due to hold governorship and state assembly votes in most of its 36 states on Tuesday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would delay the polls by two days in the northern states of Kaduna and Bauchi, two of the worst hit by violence, to allow the security situation to improve.
But it is feared many voters will not turn out after the unrest which has been blamed on supporters of defeated presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.