Their purchasing power decimated by inflation, Nigerians celebrate the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March election and hope President-elect Muhammadu Buhari can turn things around. Buhari promises to strengthen the nation’s currency, end government corruption and put down the Boko Haram insurgency. While voters dance in the streets, observers warn against expecting change overnight.
Most states in Nigeria have experienced politically instigated violence as the country prepares for elections on March 28 and April 11. Some experts say such violence is to be expected in a budding democracy.
Citizens are having trouble getting newly introduced permanent voter cards in time to vote in the general election set for March and April 2015. With polling delayed by armed conflict in northeastern Nigeria, the country’s independent electoral commission is working overtime to distribute the cards to as many registered voters as possible.