Nigeria elected a president, the incumbent, who received twice the votes of the other candidate. But the president is a Christian, so Nigerian Muslims are rioting, setting fires, and protesting the election:
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won a presidential election with results being reported in all 36 states, as riots broke out in the mainly Muslim north to protest the outcome.
Election officials announced Monday that Mr. Jonathan received million 22,495,187 votes in Saturday’s polls, nearly twice the number of his main challenger, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, who garnered 12,214,853.
Officials say Mr. Jonathan has met the requirements to avoid a run-off vote. A candidates must win a simple majority and at least a quarter of the vote in 24 states.
Earlier Monday, news of Mr. Jonathan’s likely win sparked riots across Nigeria’s northern region.
Opposition supporters claimed the vote had been rigged and torched homes, burned tires and hurled rocks at police to protest the results.
Many in the Muslim-majority north backed Mr. Buhari, a Muslim. President Jonathan, a Christian, dominated the mostly Christian south.
There has been a debate about whether Islam is compatible with democracy and political freedom. It appears that some Muslims are willing to use democracy and to demand political freedom when it advances their agenda. That is, they use it instrumentally, as a means to their end. But if the end is not what they want, they reject the process.
HT: Carl Vehse