The Generals' Election

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PRO-OBASANJO: A Lagos rally

When Nigeria chooses a President this weekend, Olusegun Obasanjo will likely win a second term, despite a lackluster first. Of the 19 other candidates, only Muhammadu Buhari, like Obasanjo an ex-military ruler, poses a real threat. But who wins may matter less than how this vote happens. Neither candidate has done much on the campaign trail to bridge the religious and regional divides that split Nigeria's 120 million people.

If anything, they've played them up. Obasanjo, a Christian southerner, has derided Buhari, a Muslim from the north, as a champion of the Islamic law now in force in...

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