Election fever has taken hold of Nigeria after thirteen years of military rule. The government?
Election fever has taken hold of Nigeria after thirteen years of military rule. The government of Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obesanjo announced last year that it would retire and hand over to civilian rule by October. A series of five elections are planned in April and May to select a new President, a Senate, Congress and House of Representatives. All political parties had been banned until last Autumn and five have a since registered as contestants in the election. Among them, the People's Redemption Party is considered to be the most left-wing of the group, which are all fundamentally conservative.
SYNOPSIS: Frantic electioneering has been going on all over Nigeria. Many enthusiastic supporters turned up for this PRP rally in Agege, Lagos State on Thursday (25 January). Among the officials present was party leader, Alhaji Aminu Kano. Nigeria's period of military rule began in 1966, when tribal tensions were threatening national unity. These developed into the three-year civil war when the Ibo tribe attempted to form a separate Biafran nation. Although Nigeria still suffers from a certain lack of unity, the recent oil boom has done much to solve regional differences and the country is now the world's sixth largest oil producer. The party's Assistant Secretary-General, Malam Abubakiri Rimi, outlined the Party's election programme.
Mr Kano then addressed the rally, likening the political campaign of his party to a religious crusade to save Nigerians from the after-effects of colonisation by Britain.