Smears and fears: Nigeria presidential campaign gets personal

Former military ruler and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari attends his party’s presidential primary in Lagos on December 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

When Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was in Abuja last week, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter.

But the message appears to have gone unheeded, with fresh attacks from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Muhammadu Buhari, from the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari, who hails from the Muslim-majority north, has previously been accused of being an Islamic extremist, of failing to finish high school and alleged monumental fraud.

On Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan‘s campaign chief Femi Fani-Kayode added another claim, publicly mentioning “rumours” that the 72-year-old was “mortally ill” from prostate cancer.

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