Nigeria’s tense election campaign ends with appeals for calm
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on February 24, 2023
US, European and other governments on Thursday urged Nigeria to ensure a peaceful presidential election this weekend as skirmishes broke out in a key city on the last day of campaigning.
More than 93 million Nigerians are registered to vote on Saturday in what has developed into a tense, competitive race among three presidential frontrunners for the first time since military rule ended in 1999.
After two terms under President Muhammadu Buhari, who is stepping down, Africa’s most populous nation is grappling with widespread insecurity from various armed groups, high inflation and growing poverty.
Guardian newspaper reports that Thursday was the final day of campaigning for the presidential, senate and parliamentary elections.