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Battle-weary Nigerians hope for change as election nears
Battle-weary Nigerians hope for change as election nears

Hours before Boko Haram invaded the northeast Nigerian community of Gwoza in August, the Nigerian army left town. Members of the Islamist militant group proceeded from house to house killing men, boys and even babies. Desperate, Maria Ibrahim dressed her six sons as daughters and fled. As she hurried to safety, she saw eight policemen gunned down by the extremist fighters, who yelled "God is great" as their bullets struck home. Northerners like Ibrahim feel profoundly betrayed by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, which began taking decisive action against Boko Haram only a few months before Saturday's presidential election. The vote, pitting Jonathan and his...

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