As tensions rise ahead of the February 14 elections in Nigeria, some fear the country’s unity will face a new test and religious divisions will be exacerbated.

The election sees a Christian presidential candidate from the south, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, pitted against Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim candidate from the north.

Many Nigerians hold a high attachment to their particular faith, and voting patterns are expected to look very different in the predominantly Muslim north compared to some areas in the south where Christian culture dominates.

Will Ross reports that it will largely be up to the politicians to reduce tension and ensure there is harmony across the religious divide of this diverse nation when the election outcome is announced.