As Nigerians step out to exercise their civic duty of electing governors and state house of assembly members across Nigeria, reactions have begun trailing a social media post from renowned journalist and CNN reporter, Stephanie Busari calling for citizens to send reports of electoral violence and voter suppression in several parts of the country.
Recall that as early as Saturday morning, the social media space was awash with reports and videos of electoral violence and voter suppression in different polling units, especially in Lagos and Akwa Ibom States.
In response to the claims, Busari took to her verified Twitter handle to reveal that she had indeed received reports of serious infractions to the voting process across Nigeria. In a short video posted alongside the tweet, the CNN correspondent urged Nigerians to send all evidence of violence, intimidation, and voter suppression to her cable news network and it would be beamed live for the world to see.
She said; "It's Election Day in Nigeria and we are live in Lagos. But we want to hear from you. Where are you voting from, and what's happening where you are? Send in your reports and evidence, and we'll post the best ones. Let us know if there's any violence and attempts to suppress your votes."
As expected, the tweet has led to a flurry of reactions as Nigerians bombarded the comments section with reports of several cases of violence, and intimidation from scores of suspected political thugs invading polling units across the country. Some other persons criticized the news network for turning a blind eye on the violence that took place during the presidential election.
See screenshots of some reactions below:
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