Nigerians brace for elections amid north-south rift and Boko Haram

'Africa's Giant' may face its most volatile period since civil war in the 1960s, as a united opposition bloc challenges for power. Can wise leaders carry off free and fair elections next February?

By , Correspondent

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Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and largest economy. Yet the nation known as “Africa’s Giant” has only a brief democratic history and a host of serious rifts, ranging from a bloody insurgency to corruption and deep divisions between a poorer Muslim north and a richer Christian south.