Lagos was unusually quiet on Saturday after Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections were postponed, five hours before polls were due to open.

Normally busy roads were almost empty, while many businesses remained closed as the government had forbidden non-essential travel in Nigeria's largest city.

The vote has been delayed for a week by Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission on the grounds of logistical issues with local media reporting that some parts of the country still hadn't received voting materials.

One local questioned the timing of the decision saying "Why should they do the timetable and at the end of the day they are unable to execute it?"

"There is more than meets the eye in this matter," he added. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari will now face off against his top challenger former Atiku Abubakar and others on February 23.

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