Buhari-Jonathan contest for Nigerian presidency

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the opposition All Progressives Congress party primary in Lagos where he was chosen to run for the presidency, on December 11, 2014Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari will face Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s presidential election next year, with security to the forefront after scores were killed in renewed deadly violence. Amid the onslaught, Nigeria’s main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) primary chose Buhari as its presidential candidate for next year’s election. President Jonathan meanwhile was endorsed unopposed by his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a meeting in the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday night. At the event, the head of state said the security situation in Nigeria’s far northeast, which has borne the brunt of the Islamist violence, was “improving a little”.

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