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Deadly rioting erupted across Nigeria's largely Muslim north on Monday as youths torched churches and homes in anger at President Goodluck Jonathan's election victory.

Jonathan, the first president from the oil producing Niger Delta, was declared the winner with around 57 percent of votes. He defeated Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler from the north, who got around 31 percent.

Observers have called the poll the fairest in decades in Africa's most populous nation. But Buhari's supporters accuse the ruling party of rigging and rejected the results.

The results show how polarised the country is, with Buhari sweeping the north and Jonathan winning the largely Christian south. Jonathan had nearly 23 million votes to just over 12 million for Buhari.

The Nigerian Red Cross said churches, mosques and homes had been burned in rioting across the north and many people had been killed, but it was impossible to give a toll for now.

"In Kaduna we have seen dead bodies lying by the road," Red Cross official Umar Mairiga told Reuters. "Two thousand people have been displaced at one military camp alone."

Authorities in the northern state of Kaduna imposed a 24-hour curfew after protesters set fire to the residence of Vice President Namadi Sambo in the town of Zaria and forced their way into the central prison, releasing inmates.

The body of a small boy shot in the chest by a stray bullet was brought to a police station.

"They have destroyed our cars and our houses. I had to run for my life and I am now in my neighbour's house," said Dora Ogbebor, a resident of Zaria whose origins are in the south.

Plumes of smoke rose into the air in parts of Kaduna as protesters set fire to barricades of tyres. Security forces fired in the air and used teargas to disperse groups of youths shouting "We want Buhari, we want Buhari".

Police said the violence was political rather than ethnic or religious. Twelve years after the end of military rule, the army said it stood fully behind the government and democratic rule.

Jonathan appealed to all politicians to end violence.

"No one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said in a statement.

Buhari was yet to make any public statement on the violence despite appeals by foreign embassies that he call for calm.

Accusation

The former general's Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) party said in a letter to the electoral commission that voters had been intimidated, ballot boxes stuffed in Jonathan's strongholds and computers set up to deprive it of votes.

"What is being exhibited to the world is not collated from polling units but from the state headquarters where a lot of manipulations, we believe, had taken place," the party said.

Nigeria has a history of rigged and violent elections but Saturday's vote was deemed by many Nigerians, and foreign observers, to have been a vast improvement on the past.

"Election day showed a generally peaceful and orderly process," said chief European Union election observer Alojz Peterle. EU observers said 2007 elections were not credible.

The independent Swift Count monitor group said the official results were right in line with what they would have expected based on their samples from a random selection of nearly 1,500 of the 120,000 polling stations across Nigeria.

The outright win for Jonathan could ease worries over potential disruptions to crude exports from Africa's biggest oil and gas industry -- far away from the disturbances in the north.

It could also lift local financial markets which had been unnerved by the prospect of a potential run-off and the All-Share Index closed up 2.3 percent to its highest in nearly a month.

"We will see a lot of investors come back to Nigeria," said Alan Cameron, London-based economist of stockbroker CSL.

The troubles in the north, on the fringes of the Sahara desert, are far from the oil-producing regions and heaving industrial centres of the south.

Buhari, who also lost elections in 2003 and 2007, has repeatedly said Nigerians would not accept another rigged vote. He told Reuters on Saturday he would not go to court to challenge the outcome but that his party may chose to do so.


Added: Apr-18-2011 Occurred On: Apr-18-2011
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  • Comment of user 'theMESSIAH' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Now now
    hold on there. Some guy on NPR radio in Nigeria was interviewed and the first words out of his mouth were : "This isn't about religion".......

    ?

    So,
    don't go there folks.

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  • I am shocked...SHOCKED I tell you to read that muslims are rioting because something didn't go their way!!!

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  • Even if the muslim had won, there would still have been a slaughter and church burnings. Islam breeds death and destruction. Anyone with an IQ above their shoe size knows that.

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  • There is but one devil and allah is his name, and mohammad was his bitch.

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  • Hey if the guy can turn the country around and actual make the place worth a fiddlers damn screw the Muslims. Name a rag head country that's pulls its own weight.

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    • @Flip500

      If you want to help the Muslims riot and kill themselves, "everybody Draw Mohammad Day II" is on May 20th. We'll see how they handle it this year...

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    • @RustyNailer
      Got my box of art supplies ready to go. LOL

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    • @Flip500 Are you asleep? Do you not see the Crusaders & Israelis destroying them right now? We don't need to burn korans, the military is burning their bodies with our toys, hehe.

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  • Inbreeding and religious intolerance will do this!

    How can the rest of the world ignore these facts?

    Did the media cover this? I did not see it mentioned by Katie or Matt!

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  • More of those moderates,move along MSM.. nothing to report here..........

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  • Nothing worse than a sore loser than very violent, dillusional sore losers.

    Definately the more things change the more they stay the same.

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  • Savages

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  • 1. It's Africa
    2. There's a religious division
    3. Oil money is involved

    Therefore: There's going to be another war.

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  • this quote server isn't working correctly

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  • Yes! Yes! Kill each other! Yes! It makes me sohappy to see this filth kill each other! DIE YOU FUCKING SAND NIGGERS!

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  • Nothing new here.

    Posted Apr-18-2011 By 

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  • Remembered reading this about the man. He was still vice president at the time.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2010/0413/Nigeria-s-president-Goodluck-Jonathan-vows-to-hold-clean-elections

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  • Well of course the Muslims have to cause chaos because they didn't get their way. It's not finished. Many people will die in this...they always do.

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  • Islam is a disease.

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  • IM SHOCKED

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  • Comment of user '2daloo' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • I found this comment interesting. It's in an article related to this country's troubles.

    “The cycle of violence is explained by the fact that both the two communities, Muslim and Christian, share many of the same problems, including lack of economic opportunities,” says Corinne Dufka, an Africa researcher with Human Rights Watch, based in Dakar, Senegal.

    Frustration among the young is often a tool in the hands of ambitious politicians, she adds, and even after courts are presented with ev More..

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  • Gee, good thing the American Taliban didn't riot when a Muslim got elected as their President....

    LMFAO

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    • @michael567

      Hi Mike,

      "The body of a small boy shot in the chest by a stray bullet was brought to a police station".


      LMFAO too. Ha ha ha ha...

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    • Didn't even read the article (or watch the vid or what ever. Just cracking an Obama joke from the headlines.
      These savages kill each other off like flies every time they have an election.
      It's the African democratic process.
      1. Election held.
      2. Incumbent either refuses to step down or the populace refuse to accept the winner.
      3. The guns come out and innocent people get slaughtered till the last tribe standing wins...

      Till the next election, when they can do it to each other all over again.

      T More..

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    • @michael567 I just joined, but I have to say that you are a fucking idiot! "American Taliban"? I bet you're a fucking canadian, aren't you? Or a fucking pussy ass liberal.

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    • Lighten up asshole.
      It was a fucking joke about the flap over Obama maybe having been born a Muslim and how that drives some right wing christian Americans bonkers.

      Cheers anyways.

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