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.
“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.”