Nigeria President Holds 1-man 'Debate' on State TV

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nigeria's former anti-corruption czar Nuhu Ribadu, right, addresses a primary convention in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 with former Sokoto State governor Attahiru Bafarawa. Ribadu, who won international acclaim for seeking charges against members of the oil-rich nation's political elite, was chosen Friday as the presidential candidate of the country's strongest opposition party. Ribadu's entry into the race comes hours after the nation's ruling People's Democratic Party overwhelmingly endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan in a primary election decided just before dawn on Friday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's president has "debated" alone on state television after shunning two major presidential debates ahead of next month's polls.

President Goodluck Jonathan spoke alone in Wednesday's television appearance.

The moderator opened the session by saying only one participant would attend.

Opposition candidates had said they would boycott the only debate Jonathan agreed to participate in.

Jonathan missed debates hosted by a private TV station and by a coalition of youth activist groups.

He described himself as "one of the best friends of the media."

The only interview he has granted in recent months has been to a Nigerian pop star.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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