April 17, 2003

NIGERIAN ELECTIONS ARE ON THE WAY, and things look ugly:

LAGOS (Reuters) - Threats of violence mounted in Nigeria on Thursday ahead of a weekend presidential election after opposition leaders accused the ruling party of rigging last Saturday's parliamentary polls.

The main opposition has warned of mass protests after the scale of last week's victory by President Olusegun Obasanjo's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sent tensions soaring in the world's eighth biggest oil producer.

Of course, they often do. You can read a (somewhat) more positive account here.

UPDATE: Here's another story.