Nigeria Delays Election
Nigeria’s election agency on Saturday night put off a closely contested presidential election due to the need to protect polling places from threats posed by Boko Haram, The New York Times reports.
The decision will delay the elections until 28 March and is seen as “a major setback for Nigerian democracy”.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the shift in the dates of the elections as a setback for democracy.
“I strongly appeal to all Nigerians to remain calm and desist from violence and any activity which will compound this unfortunate development,” he said, according to The Guardian Nigeria.
“Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, “And it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process.”
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Zeina Karam writes in The Miami Herald says ISIS is garnering the world’s attention despite the fact that a “wider bloodbath provoked by Syria’s civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone.”
Syrian military air raids have killed or wounded some 5,000 people in five days, including a helicopter attack on the rebel-held city of Aleppo that left at least 26 dead, a London-based monitoring group said Friday.
Since the start of this month, “Helicopters dropped more than 350 explosive barrels (barrel bombs) on areas in the cities, towns and villages of the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Idlib, Homs, Quneitra, Hasakah, Daraa, Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on its website.
“Everything Daesh is doing now, the (Syrian) regime has done before and is still doing,” said Syrian activist Ahmed al-Ahmad, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. “But the world protects Assad and only cares about Daesh crimes.”