Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed he will run again in February’s elections
The current President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has confirmed that he will be running in the upcoming elections. After his election last term a wave of violent persecution of Christians broke out across the country resulting in the massacre of hundreds of Christians. The President is currently being criticized for the way his administration has been handling the abduction of 200 Chibok girls, a majority of whom are Christians, by Boko Haram.
10/30/2014 Nigeria (BBC)-Until now he had refused to confirm his candidacy for re-election as president.
The announcement comes as he faces mounting criticism over his handling of the Boko Haram insurgency and its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.
The militants are reported to have seized control of the north-eastern town of Mubi.
The government announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram earlier this month that was supposed to lead to the release of the schoolgirls. Thousands of people have fled from the rebels’ north-eastern stronghold throughout the course of the conflict.
Being the incumbent from a well-financed party, President Jonathan is expected to be the main contender during next February’s elections.
The BBC’s Tomi Oladipo in Lagos says that the president is not only being accused of not doing enough to win the release of the girls – he is also blamed for failing to curb rampant corruption in government and state institutions.
In addition there have been several high-profile defections from the ruling party, including most recently the speaker of the House of Representatives.
The ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram is expected to boost Mr Jonathan’s chances if it results in the release of the schoolgirls.
The opposition All Progressives Congress will not select its candidate until early December. The former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is considered the favourite to lead the opposition challenge for the top job in Africa’s largest economy.