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Old age, hate speech, press freedom: Critical issues in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections | Global Voices

Nigeria will hold a presidential election on Feb. 16, 2019, and all eyes are on this election as a test to prove the strength of Nigeria’s democratic norms, values and unity.

This year, there are five main candidates in the race out of 73 total presidential candidates. Two major contenders include the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressive Congress) and the opposition candidate and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party).

The other three candidates, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and Omoyole Sowore, have been termed the “third force” because they lack political experience but still present significant competition.

Amid the cacophony of electoral campaigns and the attendant passion from supporters — both online and offline — here are the key issues that may get lost in the noise.

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