President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday accused Nigeria’s electoral commission of incompetence over its organization of a national election as the main opposition party prepared to hit the campaign trail once again after voting was postponed for a week.
Buhari also warned against any attempts to tamper with the election, now scheduled to take place this coming Saturday. He said anyone trying to steal or destroy ballot boxes and voting material would be dealt with firmly.
The opposition has suggested that Buhari, a former military ruler who was later elected president in 2015, was behind the postponement in order to hold on to power.
But all sides have appealed for calm in a country where past elections have been marred by violence and intimidation.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the delay in the early hours of Saturday.
Buhari faces a tight contest against the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar to lead a country that has Africa’s largest economy and is its top oil producer but is plagued by corruption.