Incumbent Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has put months of speculation to rest, using Facebook to confirm his intention to seek re-election.
The Facebook announcement ended months of speculation about Jonathan’s intentions to run for the presidency. "I want to offer my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the presidential elections of 2011," he wrote on his Facebook page, which counted 213,884 fans on Wednesday.
In the hours following the announcement, the Facebook post received over 4,000 comments. The vast majority of Web users were quick to express their support for Jonathan. Comments ranged from "My whole family will vote for you", to "with you and God, Nigeria will shine".
The United States welcomed the unusual cyber-strategy. "It's a unique way to announce his candidacy," said William Fitzgerald, deputy assistant secretary for African affairs. Fitzgerald added that the US hoped that Jonathan’s words would herald "a free and transparent electoral process."
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Date created : 2010-09-16