Nigeria: Presidential Elections Postponed to March 28
The Independent Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) announced over the weekend the postponement of the presidential elections planned for Friday, Feb 14. The presidential elections will now tentatively take place on Saturday, March 28 and gubernatorial elections on Saturday, April 11.
The reason for the postponement is that the INEC received a letter from security agencies indicating that they are not available to provide protection during the elections as they will be starting a six week campaign against the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday. The postponement of the elections has stirred controversy among the opposing political parties.
Today Boko Haram launched a new attack on neighboring Niger. Niger is voting whether to join a regional force against Boko Haram, which is working to build a caliphate (Islamic government) in northern Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria has hit the 1.5 million mark due to the ongoing insurgency of Boko Haram, the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) reports.
Nigeria is ranked No. 10 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians which was released a month ago. Last year a total of 2,484 Christians were martyred in Nigeria, the highest total of any country in the world.
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