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Nigerian Defense Secretary promises safe elections in rebellion, gang violence

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LAGOS — Nigeria's presidential elections in February will be safe, Defense Secretary said Thursday, amid rising rebellion and criminal anxiety across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari will resign next year after serving up to two terms permitted by the Constitution, which will be the biggest challenge for his successor.

Muslim rebellions in the northeast expanded the army while bandits and kidnappings increased in the northwest, where vast territories were not under the control of security forces.

There are also separatist attacks in the southeast and gangsters across the country.

"I want to guarantee to the Nigerians that the 2023 elections will be held in a safe atmosphere. That is a guarantee that I want to leave with the Nigerians," Nigeria said. Lucky Irabor, chief of defense staff, told Arise News.

The most populous countries in Africa are mainly the northern part of Muslims, who feel historically marginalized, and the southern part, mainly Christians, who complain of little benefit from the oil industry. It is divided into areas with higher poverty levels than. (Report by MacDonaldDzirutwe; edited by Nick Macfie)