Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian authorities to act to stem a rising tide of political, ethnic and religious violence.
Nigerian authorities have decided to postpone Saturday's parliamentary elections to Monday. There are not able to organize themselves even though they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in public money trying to hold this election which is already running at least three or four months late.
"The federal government has directed that all land borders be closed from 12pm (1100 GMT) on Friday, 1 April, 2011 to 6am (0500 GMT) on Sunday, 3 April, 2011," Emmanuel Ihenacho, the minister of interior, said in a statement.
Goodluck Jonathan, from the country's south, is expected to win the presidential poll. His main challenger, Muhammadu Buhari,running on the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) platform, has major support in the country's mostly from the North.
I hope that Nigeria can break with a history of vote fraud and violence. Nigerians have a strong desire for change. They have been outbursts of violence, including bomb blasts and attacks on political rallies.
No voting equipment, no election officials, and no security. How do we expect people to go and vote!! Nigeria must organize elections for 150 million people across its 36 states.
Africa's most populous nation is facing its most unpredictable polls!