Boko Haram Vow to Disrupt Elections as President is Deserted by Key Supporter

TIME

It’s never a good sign when your political mentor starts publically questioning your decisions as president, particularly if he is the man who laid the path to the presidency in the first place. For weeks Nigeria’s revered former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, had been quietly criticizing his former protégé and current President Goodluck Jonathan’s ability to combat the Boko Haram militant group. But when the Nigerian election commission announced a six-week postponement of elections to allow for a military operation against the insurgents, Obasanjo turned up the volume, publically insinuating that it was a ploy for the president to cement his position in the face of the rising popularity of his rival Muhammadu Buhari before endorsing Buhari in an interview with the Financial Times.

The elections come at a difficult time for Nigeria. Boko Haram has increased its attacks, and its terrain, over the past few months, expanding into…

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