Bloodshed raises fear of deadly Nigeria elections

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from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) WORSENING violence between farmers and herders as well as criminal gangs sprouting across the country has cast doubt over Nigeria’s ability to hold peaceful elections in February.

Weak credibility of electoral institutions, intra-party disagreements and proliferation of illegal weapons are also worsening the worries.

Mercy Corps, the humanitarian organisation, warned the continent’s most populous country of over 190 million people was in a race against time to hold credible polls early next year amid the plethora of insecurities.

“The window is quickly closing to mount effective election violence
prevention strategies,” said Darius Radcliffe, Nigeria Country Director for Mercy Corps.

“Intra-party disagreements over candidates during the primaries are a major signal for violence as aggrieved candidates are likely to use violence and intimidation before and after the election.”

Radcliffe said the organisation had observed declining confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) ability to administer free and fair elections, which was likely to trigger contested results.

He said the behaviour of the security forces also would be key.

Coincidentally, Nigeria is facing attacks by the Boko Haram terror group.

Civil society and religious organisations last week appealed to United
States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urging the global powerhouse to ensure peaceful and credible elections.

Engagements with the US government, then led by Barack Obama, were credited for historic polls in Nigeria, where for the first time in
history a ruling party was defeated and handed over power to the
opposition in 2015.

Muhammaadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

– CAJ News

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