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Is “democracy” the answer to Nigeria’s woes?

21 February 2019 Martine Dennis hosted an “Inside Story” discussion on Al Jazeera about Nigeria’s so-called democracy and whether it was the answer to the country’s problems. The three guests, Idayat Hassan – director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, Antony Goldman – CEO of Promedia Consulting, former senior Africa analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Fisayo Soyombo …

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Buhari’s “Next Level” of bloodthirsty irresponsibility

19 February 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running for re-election, while addressing party members yesterday, warned that: “Anybody who decides to snatch boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, may be that would be the last unlawful action you would take.  I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless.  I am going to warn …

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Nigeria election: Disappointment and anger over poll delay

17 February 2019 The postponement of elections in Nigeria has been a major inconvenience for millions of voters, especially those who have taken long and expensive journeys to cast their ballots. On Saturday, the election commission decided to delay polls for a week, saying it needs more time to ensure a free and fair vote. But there are concerns that …

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Nigeria (s)election postponement: Conspiracy or cock-up?

16 February 2019 Nigeria was scheduled to hold its presidential and national assembly (s)elections today and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) waited until literally the last minute, in the early hours of this morning, to conclude that the voting will be put back by a week. It was the same story four years ago when another election was postponed …

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INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu says insecurity worse now than in 2015

9 February 2019 Nigerians go to the polls a week today to elect a new president. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari ran in 2015 on a platform of security, anti-corruption and economic recovery. On the issue of insecurity, Buhari and his spin-doctors continue to claim that the situation has improved with regards to Boko Haram and the northeast, which has been …

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Nasty Nasir El-Rufai takes official lawlessness in Nigeria to the “Next Level”

7 February 2019 Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has claimed the “Next Level” as an election campaign slogan.  However, little did many Nigerians know that this meant the “next level” of violence to the APC governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. On Tuesday, he said on national television, in response to calls from some quarters for foreign …

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Nigeria Votes: Will Buhari win a second term?

1 February 2019 Nigerians head to the polls on February 16 to vote for their next president. Incumbent Muhammadu Buhari faces more than 70 challengers – chief among them, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Buhari was elected to office in 2015, riding a wave of hope that he and his All Progressives …

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Atiku and Obi atikulated why they don’t represent change

31 January 2018 Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and Peter Obi, his running mate, were interrogated by Kadaria Ahmed on national television last night. Following the train-wreck of a performance from President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo earlier this month, the PDP should be satisfied that they showed Nigerians that they are …

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Chatham House experts talk about Nigerian attitudes towards corruption

24 January 2019 Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme at Chatham House, explains how surveying corruption practices exposes them as being driven by societal environment and often based on the available options and behaviours. She outlines why a lack of incentives to avoid corruption can increase the likelihood of it occurring, and that little research has been done into …

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