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Published on Feb 23, 2019
Nigeria's president said Saturday he will be congratulating himself at the conclusion of the presidential election after he was among the first Nigerians to cast their ballots. Just hours before voting began, explosions were heard in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri. The source of the blasts was not immediately clear, but Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly targeted Maiduguri. In another northeastern town, Geidam, Reuters news agency reports attacks from Islamist militants have forced families to leave their homes. One resident, speaking to Reuters by telephone, said, “We have fled, along with our wives and children and hundreds of others.” He said, “We are right now running and hiding in the bushes.” Nigeria’s president says polling stations will be safe Saturday as the country holds national elections after a one-week delay.