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Nigeria dismisses reports that elections will be postponed

Africa’s most populous country is on high alert against the terror group, Boko Haram.

FILE: Goodluck Jonathan's presidency will be contested in the upcoming elections. Picture: AFP."

NIGERIA - Nigerian authorities have dismissed reports that elections in nine days' time will be postponed.

Ahead of that poll, Africa's most populous country is on high alert against the terror group, Boko Haram, who are seeking to create an Islamist caliphate in the north east of the country.

The deadline for the distribution of voters cards in Nigeria might be allowed to slip beyond Sunday.

Conceding this, authorities insist this doesn't mean elections will be delayed as the government security adviser has urged.

Supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan's chief rival, Muhammadu Buhari, say he is trying to put off being defeated.

Meanwhile Boko Haram's violence in the north east continues to spill over Nigeria's borders.

Militants from the terror organisation have killed more than a 100 people in the northern Cameroon town of Fotokol, murdering resident inside their homes and in the mosque.