By Yemi Adebowale
President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza whose third term election bid has caused much violence in the country has cited Nigeria as an example -as his government plans to go ahead with the election schedule without any postponement. The president has already launched his third-term bid, defying criticism from the African Union (AU) and the US.
Speaking to BBC after filing his official candidacy, he denied suggestions that violence was spiraling out of control. He said; “Burundians have no problem with elections… because 99% of the country is peaceful,””These demonstrations have turned into insurrection, but it is something that will be controlled… and I assure you that the elections will go well.”
The president compared his country’s situation with Nigeria, where he said polls had gone ahead in April despite there being “no security” because of the insurgency by Boko Haram Islamist militants.
Eighteen people have died in the recent unrest with more than 50,000 Burundians having fled their country since April because of fears over pre-election violence.