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Nigeria militants vow to cripple economy if Buhari re-elected

Nigeria militants vow to cripple economy if Buhari re-elected
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari greets his supporters during a campaign rally ahead of the country's presidential election in Rivers State, Nigeria, February 12, 2019. Nigeria Presidency/Handout via Reuters -
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ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian militants threatened on Thursday to cripple Africa's biggest economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in a vote due to be held on Saturday, the Niger Delta Avengers said in a statement on Thursday.

The group said it hoped to change Buhari's rule through elections and that its preferred choice for president was opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar.

The militants were behind a 2016 wave of violence that helped push Nigeria into recession.

(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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