Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SSS Probes Buhari Over Poll Violence

Daily Trust
18 October 2011

Former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari, who was President Goodluck Jonathan's main challenger in last April's election is under investigation by the State Security Service (SSS) over his campaign speeches in the build up to the election, reliable sources told Daily Trust in Abuja yesterday.

The sources said the thinking in government is that there is a discernible link between Buhari's speeches on the hustings and the election violence that trailed the presidential election.

Buhari lost the election to Jonathan, but as soon as the results were announced violence flared up in about 10 states in the North.

Government officials alleged Buhari's insistence that voters should guard their votes had encouraged people to go on rampage as soon as it was announced that Jonathan had won the election.

But Buhari and his party, the Congress for Democratic Change, had since dismissed the claim, saying that some prominent religious figures as well as the head of the electoral commission Professor Attahiru Jega had also asked voters to guard their votes.

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