Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is calling out more security forces to stop rioting that has followed his election. The president’s leading challenger says that vote was rigged.
President Jonathan says calm is being restored to troubled parts of northern Nigeriawhere political violence is displacing thousands of civilians. He says Tuesday’s last round of voting for statewide office holders will proceed as scheduled – with stepped-up security.
“I’ve ordered the deployment of security personnel to troubled parts of the country,” he said. “I have also directed the reinforcement of security in all parts of the country. I have authorized our security services to deal with all acts of violence against our fellow citizens, decisively.”
The latest unrest began Sunday when Muslim supporters of defeated presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari attacked churches, homes and police stations in northern states, sparking reprisal attacks by Christians.