The Human rights commissions have disclosed that over 58 people have been killed in the run-up to Nigeria’s 2015 general election with hate speech” between rival camps threatening to spark further unrest”, TheNewsNigeria reports.
“If urgent steps are not taken to arrest further escalation, Nigeria’s 2015 general elections would confront a high risk of significant violence,” the commission said.
Such violence “could pose a clear and present danger to the stability of the country and its neighbours”.
Nigeria general elections which was billed to take place on Saturday was further postponed by six weeks because of struggles in distributing voter identity cards and the Boko Haram Islamist conflict in the northeast, which has killed 13,000 people in six years.
The NHRC, which began tracking political violence in December, noted Nigeria’s long history of bloodshed following elections, especially in the religiously divided central states.
Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna faced the greatest risk of “significant violence during the 2015 elections”. NHRC stated.
“Of the 943 persons… officially verified as having been killed in the 2011 post-election violence in Nigeria, 827, or over 80 percent, were from southern Kaduna,” the NHRC said.
The NHRC agreed with other experts in saying that the 2015 vote is almost certain to be the closest in Nigerian history.