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‘Let us vote’ anger over unexplained delays as crowds queue to select Nigeria’s next president

Lagos is rife with anger.

Nigeria’s economy has been suffering from a cash crunch, fuel scarcity, and rising food prices.

Lagosians today have another reason to be crazy.

Image This is the most important election in Nigeria’s History

Many polling units arrived late as the city’s residents waited to cast their votes in , the most important election in Nigeria’s history.


A polling station in Alausa (Ikeja) could not officially start until 10.07am, more than an hour behind the 8.30am schedule.

Reports surfaced throughout the day of angry protests against unexplained delays at the polling stations across the country. One video showed “let us vote” being chanted with passion.

In Nigeria’s most recent election, in 2019 the country had only 35.66% voter turnout. This is the highest level of voter apathy anywhere.

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Nigerians are expressing their frustration at not being able to vote, a sign of the need for new leadership.

The incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari will be ending his second and final term.

Image There were many polling units that arrived late, causing anger among voters.

His eight years as president were marked by economic decline, high unemployment, and general insecurity.

As Philomena Osho, a Lagos businesswoman, said that this election was important for Nigeria as there is so much hope for Nigeria – the stakes were really high.” She stood in Adekunle Yaba to cast her vote.

Image Nigerians vote for incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari as he finishes his second term.

“We are aware that the past eight years have been difficult. She adds that it could have been much better, as our fortune plummeted.”

A man proudly votes his ballot further up at Philomena’s polling station. He looks at us and makes the same point that we’ve been hearing all day: how important this election is to Nigerians.

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Yousra Elbagir, Sky’s Africa correspondent, explains Nigeria’s election

“The future of Nigeria depends on us, so we need to do it right. Adebayo, an IT consultant, says that there have been so many years of mistakes.

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Nigeria’s next President faces a daunting task to heal Africa’s huge.

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More than 70 artifacts from London to be returned to Nigeria by the London Museum

Image Policeman instructs a man to move to the back as they wait for voters to cast their ballots in Lagos, Nigeria Pic AP

Two young men stand in the street watching the queue while they blast electro music from their portable speakers.

We can see their stained fingers that they have voted, but they don’t seem to want to vote again.

Bishop Duke, a 21-year-old photographer, says that he has been there since 8 am and will be there until the results are announced.

Image Officials count votes at a Yola polling station, Nigeria Pic: AP

He doesn’t believe that votes will be altered if he goes home, so he plans to stay put until the end of the election.

“I want to be able to see how my vote is counted – I want my vote to count.”

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