Nigeria in pictures: 20-26 March 2015

A selection of photos from the final week of campaigning in Nigeria's election.

A comedian dances on 24 March 2015 during a rally to mobilize support for the re-election of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akure, Ondo State in south-western Nigeria

A comedian dances at a rally of Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-western town of Akure ahead of Saturday's presidential and parliamentary poll. Analysts say the vote is evenly split, with the result too close to call but the PDP is confident that it will win its first once more.

Supporters of Nigerian All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, during a campaign rally in Bauchi, Nigeria, 24 March 2015

The opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) is also confident of victory. Here, its supporters wave brooms in northern Bauchi city to signal their determination to sweep to power in Africa's most populous state.

A supporter of Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, wears a mask with his image, during an election campaign rally at the National stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, 24 March 2015

This man wears a mask of President Goodluck Jonathan in the commercial capital, Lagos. He is facing a strong challenge from Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who hopes to return to office as an elected president.

A vendor sells sunglasses at his roadside shop in front of posters of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo in downtown Akure, Ondo State south-western Nigeria, on 23 March 2015

Here, a vendor sells sunglasses at his roadside shop in front of posters of the bespectacled Gen Buhari. He is campaigning under the slogan "change".

Traditional rulers in Owerri, south-east Nigeria, 24 March 2015

Gen Buhari and Mr Jonathan have also been courting traditional rulers, who wield influence over voters. These traditional rulers met the president in Owerri in south-east Nigeria, in the final days of campaigning....

A young woman lies ill in a makeshift hospital room in Maiduguri on 25 March 2015

The election has been marred by militant Islamist group Boko Haram's six-year insurgency in the north-east. Here, a woman lies in a makeshift hospital in Maiduguri, the former headquarters of Boko Haram...

A Nigerian soldier arrives to inspect the former prison of Bama on 25 March 2015

The militants have been in retreat since regional forces launched an offensive earlier this year to recapture territory. In this photo, a Nigerian soldier is seen entering a building in Bama town. The building was used by the militants as a prison, before they the fled.

 Nigerians shop at Kado market in Gwarinpa, during a last minute shopping spree ahead of general elections in the capital Abuja, Nigeria, (26 March 2015)

This woman in the capital, Abuja, buys meat at a market. Some Nigerians have been stocking up on food, amid fears that the election could trigger violence.

A Nigerian man fetches water from a well as a woman washes the dishes in Lagos on 19 March 2015

Meanwhile in Lagos, a man is seen drawing water from a well while a woman washes dishes. Despite the country being Africa's main oil producer, most Nigerians are poor, hoping that the party they vote for will improve their lives.

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