Nigerians Uprooted by Boko Haram Angry at Losing Chance to Vote

When Islamist Boko Haram militants beheaded Salma Buba's father in northern Nigeria last weekend, Buba was overcome by anger at what she saw as the government's failure to protect her family. Added to her bitterness is frustration that she will not be able to vote in Saturday's presidential election. Insecurity in the area coupled with a lack of preparedness by the electoral authorities have prevented her from getting her voter card. Buba told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at a camp for people uprooted by the violence near Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state, "I am not happy because I won't be able to stop this president from coming back.He treated us badly by allowing Boko Haram to kill my husband, father and relations."