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Nigeria: Tweeps Report And Discuss Post-Election Violence

This post is part of our special coverage Nigeria Elections 2011.

Nigeria's presidential election was held in on 16 April 2011. Goodluck Jonathan was declared the winner. Some observers including The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have alleged that the election was rigged to favour the incumbent.

Post-election violence erupted in northern states where supporters of Muhammadu Buhari attacked churches, homes and police stations. Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in Kaduna and Bauchi states have been postponed to April 28. Elections in other states will take place on April 26. Human Rights Watch has issued a warning against Nigerian leaders while The International Criminal Court says it is investigating the crimes committed after elections.

This is a summary of reports and reaction from tweeps using NigeriaDecides hashtag. @zainabsandah wonders whether Nigerians elected a “slow-mo” government while @rotexonline wants to know if Nigerian police or state security use social media to communicate to the public.

Tensions are high in Nigeria, and there have been reports of riots in a number of states. Image by Tom Saater, copyright Demotix (18/04/2011).

Tensions are high in Nigeria, and there have been reports of riots in a number of states. Image by Tom Saater, copyright Demotix (18/04/2011).

Accept defeat and move on

@collinskadiri:

Some ‘BAD LOSERS’ of last saturday's polls r desperately trying to discredit d Elections.. Pls let's Move on #MudSlingers #NigeriaDecides

@Adewunmi:

@nkemifejika @DoubleEph #Buhari needs to get over election loss.”Riots are nothing to do with me”stance isn't stateman-like #NigeriaDecides

@feathersproject:

Listening to Buhari at CNN. Why can't this guy just give up? #Nigeria #NigeriaDecides #exactly he lost by a big margin..

@feathersproject:

Buhari: go to court, get off the streets! #Nigeria #NigeriaDecides

Was election rigged?
@ab_kalajanga:

#WelcomeToNigeria where election rigging is legalised. #NigeriaDecides #PollWatch2011 #Election234Next #INEC


@bakarelawal
:

RT @collinskadiri: They keep talking about rigging in the south.. I wonder what they're saying about the numerous underage voters in the North #NigeriaDecides

@eseoraka:

RT @reformerx: Violence brings retrogression, hurt and pain. Development achieved overtime is overturned in a day. #developnigeria #nigeriadecides

Post-election violence


@Chyzob
:

The reformation of all security apparatus shld be of greater priority on d agenda of the next president #SSS #NPF #Nigeria #NigeriaDecides

@Ganiyulawal:

Condolence to all the family who lost their children(NYSC corps) and houses in Nigeria, Northern states violence. #nigeriadecides

@SatNigeria:

Military checkpoints, charred buildings and burnt cars along roadside in rural Kaduna state #Nigeriadecides”

@jongambrellAP:

The road out of Kaduna is filled with overloaded cars and vans of people fleeing in case violence starts again #nigeriadecides


@reformerx
:

Violence brings retrogression, hurt and pain. Development achieved overtime is overturned in a day. #developnigeria #nigeriadecides


@jongambrellAP
:

Good morning from Kachia in Kaduna state. We spent the night in bush after soldiers told us it was too dangerous to travel. #nigeriadecides

@rotexonline:

Does asking supporters to defend their votes constitute inciting them to violence? #nigeriadecides

@jongambrellAP:

We saw a burning roadblock last night in one village without soldiers. Townspeople ready to attack those they don't know. #nigeriadecides

@jongambrellAP:

Things remain incredibly tense in rural Kaduna state as townspeople around here flee with their belongings. #nigeriadecides


What is the solution?


@toluoloruntoba
:

We will forgive, and do, but the north in general has a lot to do to regain the nation's trust. It may never. #NigeriaDecides

@stephnorajacob:

RT @semakof: we want peace, we dont want war. This is the only country we have. #NigeriaDecides should not create divisions among us. We are One.

@nonye85:

Tips on making 26th Violent free. a. Sleeping, b. Playing games, c. Watching Tel. d. Chatting, Let your finger print count #Nigeriadecides


Election fairytale

@ukgreat:

Girl: Dad, do all fairly tales begin wit ‘Once Upon'? Dad: No sweetheart,some begin wit ‘if i am elected’ #Nigeriadecides

This post is part of our special coverage Nigeria Elections 2011.

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