The only thing shocking about this news is that more Christians weren’t slaughtered in the street…
Muslims rioted in Nigeria and torched several homes and churches after Christian incumbent Goodluck Jonathan won the national election this weekend.
The AP reported:
Angry opposition supporters in Nigeria’s Muslim north set fire to homes bearing ruling party banners Monday and heavy gunfire rang out in several towns as election officials released results showing the Christian incumbent had gained an insurmountable lead.
Results from Saturday’s election released live on national television indicated President Goodluck Jonathan had a commanding lead of more than 10 million votes with only two states left to be announced. The Muslim north had largely voted for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari’s party brought a formal complaint Monday afternoon to the nation’s electoral commission over vote tallies, alleging massive rigging in Jonathan’s homeland. The letter also alleged that the computer software used to tally results had been tampered with in northern states to favor the ruling party.
“What is being exhibited to the world is not collated from polling units but … a lot of manipulations,” the letter read.
In a statement, the federal police blamed the violence on “persons who failed to accept the results,” denying it came from religious or ethnic roots. Election officials said they would finish releasing election results later Monday regardless of the ongoing violence.
All Africa reported more on the violence.
There were massive protests in some parts of the Northern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno Kano, Kaduna and Yobe state alleging that the ruling Peoples Democratic party (PDP) had connived with INEC and other security agencies to rig, manipulate and influence the outcome of the results at the detriment of the Congress for ProgressAive Change and other opposition parties.
In Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, our correspondent reports that, there was a heavy protest by some aggrieved youth believed to be pro-Buhari who was the presidential Candidate of the CPC.
The protest started in Potiskum town at about 10 0clock in the morning perpetrated by youth who barricade major highways leading to Potiskum- Kano and Bauchi roads burning tyres which led to the killing of one person and many people wounded in the process.
It was also gathered that two churches including the First Baptist Church and 6 shops belonging to non indigenes were burnt down to ashes by the angry youths who had besieged all nooks and crannies of Potiskum.