In Nigeria's Presidential Election, Religion Plays A Role

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Election fever is gripping Nigeria ahead of next month's vote. It's expected to be tightest race since the end of military rule 15 years ago. President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South, is facing a considerable challenge from Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim from the north.

In Nigeria, religion is taken extremely seriously but has been used to cause divisions and prompt violence, especially at election time. The BBC's Nigeria correspondent Will Ross reports from Jos in Central Nigeria on the role that religion plays in the country's elections.

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  • Will Ross, Nigeria correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @willintune.

This segment aired on February 2, 2015.


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