Universities to close for elections over security fears

Nigerian authorities on Thursday 9 February directed all universities to shut down for nearly three weeks for this month’s presidential elections, citing security concerns, writes Chinedu Asadu for Associated Press.

The National Universities Commission said that “concerns expressed on the security of staff, students and properties of our respective institutions” were a factor in the decision, in a letter to universities signed by Chris Maiyaki, its deputy executive secretary.

On 25 February Nigerians will elect a successor for President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as state governors and lawmakers. An unprecedented 94 million are registered to vote. The decision to close the country’s more than 200 universities from 22 February to 14 March followed “extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies”, Maiyaki said.
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