Category Archives: Nigeria

Buhari and Boko Haram: A return to brutality?

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Andrew Walker argues that Buhari’s military past was characterised by a brutality that is likely to re-emerge as he seeks to tackle Boko Haram. Andrew has been writing around Nigeria since 2006. He worked in Abuja for The Daily Trust and reported from there for the BBC. His new book, ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel: […]

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Fuelling progress in Nigeria: Buhari and the petrol subsidy

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Zainab Usman tells us why Buhari must phase out Nigeria’s petrol subsidy. Zainab is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford. She tweets via @msszeeusman.

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Moving beyond ‘pay revolts:’ Mutinies and politics in Africa

Maggie Dwyer pushes us to reconsider how we view mutinies in Africa. Soldiers are a part of the political landscape, she argues, and their actions need to be seen in the context of broader political moments and movements in society. Maggie is a Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies at University of Edinburgh. She […]

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Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

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Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria’s new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

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Nic Cheeseman explores the political battle underway in Kenya between county assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate. He asks what consequences these might have for Kenyatta’s pledge to provide domestic order and, in doing so, secure his own seat in power.

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Muslim politics and shari‘a in Nigeria

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Alexander Thurston argues that many accounts of shari’a law in Nigeria have underestimated the complex politics that surround this issue, overlooked the diversity of Muslim constituencies involved in its implementation, and failed to explore the unstable political alliances between Muslim scholars and elected Muslim politicians. A more detailed account of his research has recently been published in African Affairs. […]

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Six factors that help us to understand Boko Haram

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This week, we launched a broader series on security in Nigeria, exploring the latest research and comment on the security sector and security threats in the country. As part of that series, we are sharing a summary of Raufu Mustapha’s recent talk on Boko Haram at the University of Edinburgh. Raufu is an Associate Professor of […]

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Wole Soyinka for Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford

Democracy in Africa is joining the campaign to elect Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka as Professor of Poetry. As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment would be an immense historical milestone for the University of Oxford. As an inspirational writer and speaker, his tenure would be privilege for us all. Anyone who has been a student at Oxford […]

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Internal divisions in APC as Buhari prepares to take office

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In this blog, Michaela Collord asks whether the APC can remain unified for long enough to deliver the change that they promised to fellow Nigerians. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted on the Presidential Power blog.

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What the Nigerian presidential election has to teach us about African politics

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Taking a comparative perspective, Co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks what lessons the Nigerian presidential election has for politicians in Kenya, and beyond. A strong opposition coalition, a weak government, an independent electoral commission and a large margin of victory are crucial, he argues, if elections are to facilitate a turn-over of power.

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