Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dozens killed in Nigeria's Muslim north

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in the riots in the Muslim north of Nigeria on Monday after news of the Christian victory southern Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential election held on Saturday. Sources of Nigerian security services said they would not offer exact figures of casualties, to avoid reprisals from Christians, who dominate the south, but local media pointed out that the dead are close to a hundred.

Traditionally, elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with 150 million people, have been marked by violence, especially between the Muslim north and Christian south. The newspaper's Web site northern 'Leadership', pro-Muslim politicians said on Tuesday that killed in the protests have been at least 80, since Jonathan was declared winner of the election yesterday with about 22.5 million votes against the 12 million of its nearest rival, Muhammadu Buhari Muslim.

In the northern state of Bauchi, where the riots began last Sunday, police said two officers and four members of the National Youth Service Corps were killed when protecting institutional buildings and several more were injured. Commissioner of Police of Bauchi, John Abasanga, said at a news conference that 22 people were arrested on charges of murder, mutilation and burning of homes and churches, and 200 young people who are responsible for violent actions.

In nearby Kaduna, armed troops and police patrolled the capital of the state together, the same name, which while still smoldering remains of many houses. Several bodies of people killed in Monday's riots were still scattered around the city, as residents said Kaduna, on Tuesday as saying that there were no incidents.

In the same state, in the city of Kafanchan, local media reported that one person was burnt alive by the demonstrators. The soldiers also patrolled on Tuesday in the northern city of Kano, where the residence of Amir, a Muslim leader of the village, was one that burned on Monday, groups of young people who supported Buhari, the defeated candidate.

Keeping the curfew imposed by the Government in the northern states, most of which has remained a tense calm following the incident yesterday and early this morning. On Tuesday, Jonathan said he felt "very hurt" by the violence and called on all political leaders to ask for order and calm to his followers.

"As I have always said, no political ambition is worth the blood of a Nigerian," he said Jonathan in a brief acceptance speech as President for the next four years. In his address, thanked the Nigerian Jonathan confidence and insisted: "We are all winners." To him, your choice "reaffirms our unity as a nation" and demonstrate "our faith in democracy" and "our determination to freely join the free world, where only the will of the people is the basis of government." He was also pleased that, unlike previous elections, they deserve the general approval of the local and international observers said: "We are able to make an election free, fair and credible." Jonathan, southern Christian, who was vice president, took office in May last year after the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

After a year at the Head of State, May 29th will be sworn in as president for another four years representing the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). Despite the official international recognition of the cleanliness of the elections, the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Buhari, has alleged fraud to the country's Electoral Commission.

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