– By Glaad Amadi
On Saturday February 10th, the Nigerian elections were delayed in a last minute announcement, just one week before the country’s residents were due to head to the polls. INEC Officials cited the need to channel resources into combating the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria as the primary reason for the last minute change.
In Rivers State, Glaad Amadi interviewed Mr John Ubom – 30 years of age – and Mr Harry – aged 37, both of whom expressed shared concern over the growing security threat posed by Boko Haram.
Mr Ubom stated, “Nigerians are living in fear due to insecurity. Yesterday, [27.2.] I heard that 17 persons was killed in a Bomb blast by Boko Haram at Adamawa State. A doctor was kidnapped & two doctors were shot by unknown gunmen at general hospital Emohua Ikwerre, Rivers State. Democracy is partially failing.
“Democracy is partially failing”
Mr Harry continued, “It is worrisome because no one knows what will happen next. The killing of innocent people – nobody is happy about it. The Government should put more effort to end the crisis. All the effort to put an end to the crisis are not working well.”
Radar reporter, Elizabeth Andaebi – who lives in Rivers State added – “The situation, though it is calm, is that people are worried about the situation in the North. Some feel that there is no need to come out & vote because of the situation on the ground.” Best Uso, reporter and Rivers State resident added, “I’m really worried about violence.”