Posted on January 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The US embassy in Nigeria has issued a warning, suggesting that Islamist militants in the region are planning potential terrorist attacks.
Both ISIS West Africa (ISWA), and Boko Haram, have showcased their desire to disrupt the upcoming 2019 Nigerian presidential elections by any means possible.
“There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast. ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as well as places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls. While we have no specific threat information to the U.S. Embassy or within Nigeria during the election season, U.S. citizens in Nigeria should remember to follow personal security precautions on a regular basis.” said the US embassy in Nigeria, on a statement published on its website.
The Nigerian government has been engaged in a lengthy, decade-long battle against both Boko Haram and the Islamic state-backed ISWA.
The two groups have further increased their attacks in recent months, as they seek to impose their own version of Shariah law in Nigeria.
The prolonged conflict has led to the death of over 20,000 people and the further displacement of over 2 million from their homes.
The 2019 Nigerian elections will begin with the Presidential and National Assembly on the 16th of February, while the Governorship and State Assembly elections will take place on the 2nd of March.