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Protesters Interrupted President Buhari's State Visit with President Ramaphosa

The protesters claimed that the 'real' Buhari died in 2017 and insisted the imposter be sent back to Nigeria.

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari is currently on a three-day state visit in South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The visit comes in the wake of xenophobic violence against African foreign nationals which saw Nigeria voluntary evacuating 600 of its citizens and returning them back home. However, during a meeting between the two heads of state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday, a group of protesters who referred to themselves as Biafran nationals, called Buhari an imposter and claimed that the "real" Buhari had died back in 2017. The protesters also called for Biafra to be restored. The police were eventually called in to disperse the protesters and three people were reportedly injured after rubber bullets were fired.

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5 Young Nigerians Share Their Hopes and Fears for the Upcoming Election

"The ideal candidate has to be a superman—our problems are that deep."

Nigerians will head to the polls this Saturday to vote in a highly-contested election between front-runners Muhammadu Burhari and Atiku Abubakar, and while the outcome of Nigeria's presidential race will have major implications for the state of democracy throughout the continent—the results will have a particularly strong impact on one group in particular: the country's youth population, which is the highest on the continent. With more than half of the population under the age of 35, the stakes are incredibly high for Nigeria's young people.

Given the history of corruption that plagues Nigerian politics and the choice between two septuagenarian candidates who will likely uphold the status-quo, it's easy to be pessimistic about the outcome of the election. Yet and still, the maintenance of optimism—even in the harshest of realties—has always been more in-line with the Nigerian spirit.

We wanted to hear directly from young Nigerians about their feelings on the election, so ahead of the election we spoke with five young Nigerians, both on the ground and in the diaspora, who shared their hopes for the upcoming election, their fears, their thoughts on the state of the Nigerian political system, and their suggestions on what candidates can do to empower the country's youth.

Read their responses below.

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