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Buhari Supporters Stone Jonathan Convoy

February 10, 2011

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A poster showing the picture of Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is seen at the launch of his campaign in the central city of Lafia, Nassarawa state February 7, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters)

The stoning of Goodluck Jonathan’s first campaign stop in the northern, predominately Muslim, state of Nassarawa is yet another sign of Nigeria’s polarization around the 2011 elections. Sahara Reporters reported on Monday that Jonathan’s convoy was stoned in Lafia by youths supporting opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. The piece also quotes a political observer who suggests that this portends future anger in the North about Jonathan’s candidacy, and in the South against Buhari’s.

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