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Apr 20, 2011

Analysis: Nigeria risks further bloodshed as divide grows

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s post-election riots have highlighted the likelihood of further bloodshed and growing radicalism in a Muslim north that feels ever more marginalized from a richer and more dynamic south.

Although it is too early to see the troubles in the north as a sign of Africa’s most populous nation coming apart, President Goodluck Jonathan and northern leaders face a serious challenge to avoid a drift toward greater polarization.

Apr 20, 2011

Nigeria risks further bloodshed as divide grows

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s post-election riots have highlighted the likelihood of further bloodshed and growing radicalism in a Muslim north that feels ever more marginalised from a richer and more dynamic south.

Although it is too early to see the troubles in the north as a sign of Africa’s most populous nation coming apart, President Goodluck Jonathan and northern leaders face a serious challenge to avoid a drift towards greater polarisation.

Apr 18, 2011

Q&A – What could be the fallout of Nigerian elections?

ABUJA (Reuters) – Below are answers to some questions on Nigeria’s elections after President Goodluck Jonathan secured victory over closest rival Muhammadu Buhari according to a tally of official figures.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has yet to publish the full results and declare the winner.

Apr 18, 2011

Q&A-What could be the fallout of Nigerian elections?

ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – Below are answers to some
questions on Nigeria’s elections after President Goodluck
Jonathan secured victory over closest rival Muhammadu Buhari
according to a tally of official figures.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has yet to
publish the full results and declare the winner.

Apr 18, 2011

Nigeria’s Jonathan sure of victory in election

ABUJA (Reuters) – President Goodluck Jonathan secured election victory on Sunday as votes were tallied from around Nigeria, fuelling anger in the mainly-Muslim strongholds of rival Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari, a former military ruler from the arid, dustblown north, had hoped to at least force a second round against Jonathan, the first head of state from the swamps and creeks of the oil-producing Niger Delta.

Apr 17, 2011

Nigeria’s Jonathan takes early lead as votes tallied

ABUJA, April 17 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan took an early lead on Sunday as votes were tallied from
around the nation, but his main rival Muhammadu Buhari put in a
strong showing in the mainly-Muslim north.

Results from eight states including the capital Abuja and
commercial hub Lagos put Jonathan at just over 6 million votes,
with Buhari on 2 million, although six of those states lie in
the largely-Christian south where Jonathan has most support.

Apr 17, 2011

Early vote results keep Nigeria on knife-edge

ABUJA, April 17 (Reuters) – Results emerging slowly from
Nigeria’s presidential election on Sunday showed a close
contest, stoking tension in northern opposition strongholds
where anxious youths feared a plot to rig the count.

Votes were almost entirely split between pre-poll favourite
President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the oil-producing
Niger Delta, and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, from
the dustblown Muslim north.

Apr 10, 2011
via Africa News blog

Nigerian democracy growing up

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A ruling party’s acceptance that it will sometimes do badly in elections as well as win them can be a sign of how well democracy is taking root.

In that regard, Nigeria’s national assembly election already shows some progress.

Apr 10, 2011

Nigerian ruling party loses ground in poll

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s ruling party looked set to see its parliamentary majority weaken as results trickled in on Sunday from an election Africa’s most populous nation hopes will be its first credible vote in almost two decades.

Election officials and party agents tallied results from 120,000 polling units stretching from the oil-producing mangrove swamps and teeming cities near the southern coast to the dustblown fringes of the Sahara desert in the north.

Apr 10, 2011

Results trickle in after Nigeria parliamentary poll

ABUJA, April 10 (Reuters) – Election officials in Nigeria
counted ballots from parliamentary polls through the night into
Sunday, some arriving by horseback, in what they hope will be
the nation’s first credible vote in almost two decades.

Results starting to trickle in around Africa’s most populous
nation showed a strong performance by opposition parties, but in
remote areas such as the northeastern state of Borno on the
fringe of the Sahara, ballot papers were fetched by horse.

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      "Deputy Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Most of my career has been spent covering Africa, but I have also reported from other parts of the region. I joined Reuters in 1995 after starting out as a reporter with BBC radio and for a local newspaper in Sierra Leone. I have been posted in Lagos, Abidjan, Kinshasa and Johannesburg - from where I led Reuters African coverage from 2009 to 2011. I spent three years as bureau chief for Israel and Palestinian Territories, based in Jerusalem."
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