Nigerians fearing violence after the weekend's presidential election, stock up on food and cash. Paul Chapman reports.
Fears that Nigeria's presidential election will end in violence have triggered a rush of panic stockpiling. This market in Abuja was packed with shoppers on Friday. Their uncertainty was all too clear. (SOUNDBITE)(English) OGBONNAYA GOODNESS, ABUJA RESIDENT, SAYING: "We all pray it will come out fine but you don't know how it's going to be like so you need to have something in the house so that maybe if it turns up there there will be a curfew, you will have something that you will be eating in the house." It was the same story at banks and ATMs where people were queuing to withdraw cash. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NATHANIEL EZEDUNOR, MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, SAYING: "I''m going to the First Bank as we speak now, at least to have the basic need." President Goodluck Jonathan is defending his job against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. It's the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. Some 800 people were killed in post-election violence when Jonathan defeated Buhari four years ago. Jonathan's warning against a repeat this time. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NIGERIAN PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN SAYING: "As president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, I am under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of our country at all times. I will never abdicate my responsibilities in that regard." A fair, credible and peaceful poll would be a landmark in Nigeria's history with a past of corruption, secessionist movements, military coups and now an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands.