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February 11, 2015
Associate Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, a Christian from Nigeria's delta region, sits for a portrait...
Lagos, Nigeria
Associate Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, a Christian from Nigeria's delta region, sits for a portrait...
Associate Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, a Christian from Nigeria's delta region, sits for a portrait in her office at the University of Lagos January 26, 2015. "The Boko Haram insurgency did not start today. We have already given out a timetable to the whole world [for] the election. Why postpone it now? The problem is that the postponement may have implications for the tribunal meetings if there are litigations ? However, the fact that they acted within the ambit of the law makes it a legal thing to do. If these six weeks will give them the opportunity to quell the insurgency in Nigeria, it is worth the sacrifice. But if you look at it closely it has heated the polity," Ogwezzy-Ndisika said. Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye photographed Nigerians and asked them about their views on the elections as well as their hopes and concerns for the country. Nigeria's agreement to delay this week's election on the advice of security forces creates a worrying echo for some of the annulment of 1993's democratic vote by a military government. The election in Africa's biggest economy, initially scheduled to take place this Saturday, was set to be the closest fought since the end of military dictatorship in 1999. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking re-election in a contest with main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, himself a former military ruler. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION ELECTIONS SOCIETY PORTRAIT)

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