US withdraws $3m bounty
Expecting Unrest “In Togo, some of the opposition groups have been referring to Burkina Faso, saying that they kicked out the president there, so we can do it here,” he said.
Nigeria’s election four years ago, which Mr Jonathan won by taking about 59 percent of the vote, was followed by days of rioting in which hundreds of people were killed, mainly in the north, according to Human Rights Watch. Mr Buhari, who was a candidate in the three previous elections, protested against his defeat, claiming the vote was rigged.
In a country roughly divided between a Muslim north and Christian south, the demonstrations degenerated into sectarian and ethnic violence, as mainly pro-mr Buhari Muslims targeted Christians and southerners, prompting reprisal attacks.
“When people look at decent elections, they look at Ghana and Botswana, these are the countries people respect,” Mr Cullen said. “People look at Nigeria and they expect it will NAIROBI — The United States has withdrawn a $3 million (M32 million) bounty linked to the capture of a high-level member of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group who had since defected.
The Somali government welcomed the move and thanked Washington for supporting its efforts to persuade senior figures to quit the al Qaeda-linked organisation, which has launched attacks across east Africa.
The US State Department offered a total of $33 million in 2012 for information leading to the capture of Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and six other al Shabaab leaders.
Mr Hersi — described on local media as the general secretary of al Shabaab’s finance department — surrendered to Somali government forces in December.
Al Shabaab wants to topple the Westernbacked Mogadishu government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law but it has been losing territory in Somalia to a military offensive by African Union troops and Somali forces. — Reuters