Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Fears of Violence in Nigeria Ahead of Saturday Election
On Sunday, five members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were shot and killed near the oil hub of Warri city in southeast Nigeria, with authorities calling it a revenge attack by people suspected to be from the opposition.
"We are waiting for the person who will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country," said El-Rufai.
El-Rufai's comments drew criticism from international organisations and the opposition, heightening tensions further.
Experts are calling for caution in the handling of the deployment of security forces during the elections.The loyalists in the security service have often played a key role in safeguarding votes in areas considered to be the ruling party’s stronghold.