They’re taking the loss in stride.
Muslim supporters of losing Nigerian candidate Muhammadu Buhari have slaughtered at least 153 Christians since the election this weekend.
Youths stage running battles with soldiers in the northern city of Kano shortly after Goodluck Jonathan was declared the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election. The defeated opposition candidate in Nigeria’s presidential polls has rejected the results, but urged calm amid a rush to help some 25,000 displaced by deadly post-election riots. (AFP/Seyllou Diallo)
Christian candidate Goodluck Jonathan defeated Buhari 57 percent to 31 percent in the election held this past weekend.
At least 153 people died in two days of riots across northern Nigeria by supporters of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, who lost the April 16 presidential vote in Africa’s top oil producer, a civil rights group said.
The mainly Muslim supports of Buhari, a former military ruler, attacked backers of President Goodluck Jonathan and clashed with Christians in the northern city of Kaduna and at least seven other towns, Shehu Sani, executive director of the Civil Rights Congress, said today by phone.
The fighting displaced more than 39,000 residents and injured at least 410 people, the secretary of the Nigerian Red Cross, Umar Mairiga, said by phone from Lagos, the commercial capital.
In Kaduna, members of Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party “are leaving town,” Sani said. “If you’re a known PDP member, or you have their banner or sticker, you were attacked,” he said.
Jonathan, a Christian from the oil-rich Niger River delta region, defeated his nearest rival Buhari by a 57 percent to 31 percent margin, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission said. Buhari’s party rejected the election verdict.
The Muslim rioters also burned down more than 40 churches in an attack that began yesterday.