Nigeria votes on whether to keep accidental leader


USA Today
April 16, 2011

KAYAWA, Nigeria (AP) — Voters in Africa’s most populous nation are deciding Saturday whether to keep their accidental president in power, though unease among Nigeria’s Muslims about the Christian leader could force a runoff in this oil-rich country where elections have long been marred by fraud and violence.

Bombings struck the country’s northeast during last week’s legislative elections, and another blast went off Saturday morning in a residential neighborhood of Maiduguri though no injuries were reported. Assailants also shot the rear windshield of an election official’s vehicle there Friday night, authorities said.

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“This election is very important,” said Hamza Mohammed, 50, who serves as a local market chairman in the northern town of Katsina. “We want it to be conducted peacefully and we want peace to reign.”

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