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Has Nigeria benefited from “democracy”?

16 June 2021

It’s rich in resources. It’s got Africa’s biggest population. And it’s enjoyed democracy since 1999. But Nigeria is facing numerous challenges.

Mass kidnappings, attacks by armed groups and criminal gangs, corruption and lack of jobs have angered many.

Widespread protests last year against an anti-robbery police unit led to the killing of protesters. Nigerians are now calling on the government of Muhammadu Buhari to do more to ease their suffering.

But officials have responded by banning Twitter – which led to more protests on Saturday. So, where does Nigeria go from here?

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story examines the issues.

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Mike Ejiofor – former director of Nigeria’s State Security Service

Amaka Anku – head of Africa Practice at Eurasia Group

Aliyu Musa – political analyst

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