Gunfire and explosions opened Nigeria’s delayed election on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa’s most populous nation. The vote, widely seen as too close to call, also was marred by hours-long delays at polling stations across the vast West African country.
Two Nigerian soldiers have been killed and six others injured when Boko Haram militants attacked a military post near the Cameroon border, security sources say, days before rescheduled presidential elections.
Amnesty International says an attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group on Nigeria’s northeastern town of Rann has left at least 60 people dead, denouncing Nigerian authorities for their failure to protect civilians.
The Nigerian government said it would not accept any foreign “meddling” after the European Union, United States and Britain raised concerns over last week’s suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge before a Feb. 16 presidential election.