by Sola Fasasi
On a day when many Nigerians are rejoicing at the close of a history-making presidential election process, reports have just come in that today, Monday 18th, Northerners have taken to the street in violence. In parts of Zaria, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe, lives and property are at risk, and according to blogger and publisher Jeremy Weate, who reported news gleaned from eyewitnesses, a church in Kaduna has been burnt down. Other reports state that several banks, shops and commercial centres have been hurriedly locked down, as tension increases across the state.
An international observer, Joe Brock said on Twitter, “Riots in Kano. Military and police in the streets disbursing youths with whips. Can see black smoke coming from trouble areas.” Those behind the riots are youths believed to be supporters of General Muhammadu Buhari, fore-runner of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), who are angry that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Goodluck Jonathan is leading in the polls as announced by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).
YNaija will bring you updates as more reports come in.