In the eleventh hour, announced the electoral commission the Inec on the Saturday morning that this year's key elections in Nigeria, the largest in african history in terms of number of voters, will be postponed to next weekend. After attacks on three of Inecs premises in various states have the distribution of materials delayed and it is not possible to hold a free and fair electoral process.
for the millions of voters who traveled to their homes and been forced to shut down their operations. On the day of the election is virtually all economic activity down when vehicular traffic is prohibited in the whole country and, for safety reasons, there are many that bar again the shops for several days until the result stated by the Inec.
Read more: the Megacity of Lagos to determine the most important options
Now it becomes a drawn-out process that will span over a total of two weeks.
" I have no problem with the decision itself but the timing could be better. Why did they not this two days earlier, before people began to travel home? says the pilot kayode major Adaje who decided to take a morning walk in the neighbourhood in the centre of Lagos along with his wife, Simisola, rather than having to queue at the polling stations.
People had been able to change their plans if they had know earlier. And think of the people who planned their wedding to the next weekend that they reckoned that the elections would be held today.Spouses kayode major and Simisola Adaje took a morning walk instead of queuing at the polling stations. Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson
over the that people received the news with relative calm. No reports have yet come in if major unrest which is a relief in a country where elections are often messy processes.
"No one wants to out in the streets and demonstrate, the people sitting in the rather quiet and waiting," she says.
" But they have had four years to fix it here. Four years, " she says irritably.
and everyone is talking about the night's news. Omowunwi Osas suspect that something is afoot, but she can't put a finger on what it is.
" Right now we don't know what's going on.
Osas have set up their pots with food, which she sells for a few euro on the side of the road to the neighbourhood's many artisans and day laborers. The carpenter Bashiru Osho says that the deals will now go slow in weeks. Anyone wonder if the schools will open again on Monday or if it is a public holiday, which was planned since before. All the industries have closed for the election.the Carpenter Bashiru Osho and electricians Mutiu Rasak is disappointed in the deferred choice, which involves an economical problem for them. Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson
In this mode, it is to be welcomed with a neighbor who David Abass. Neighbourhood of Opebi is a mix of people from all walks of life and on the day of the election brought all together because the prohibition against motor traffic forcing everyone to stay where they live.
and Abass, who runs a farm in the neighbouring state of Ogun, decides to open the wallet and invite all who want brunch from Omowunwi Osas position.
– Write up a list with all the names so we have track of how many servings it is. Provide all the food for 250 naira (sek 5, ed) until it is over, he instructs the Osas suddenly gets the year's best sales.At ten o'clock on Saturday morning was the buckets emptied of food after hundreds of neighbors received a free brunch. Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson
when the Osas plastic buckets are emptied of rice, pasta, chicken and meat. She has suddenly over 600 crowns in your pocket, and couldn't be happier.
" this I expected not. I thank god for this. And that man, who is my Oga (”head, boss”) number one, "she says and points at Abass and adds:
" this is Nigeria.