image from Maggie Fick, taken in Kano, Nigeria

Elections and Violence in Nigeria

Young men and boys took to the streets in several Nigerian cities, determined to protest the emerging results of Saturday's vote, which--though not yet made official at that time--indicated the victory of "accidental incumbent" president Goodluck Jonathan.

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A Fitful Start to Elections in Nigeria

In the twelve years since Africa’s most populous nation transitioned from military dictatorship to civilian rule, the three elections held have been far from democratic exercises—instead, they have been flashpoints for violence, igniting communal tensions across the country and disenfranchising large numbers of voters.