Category Archives: Nigeria

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

Nic Cheeseman

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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Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that remain

Nigeria in Numbers

Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari’s victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House Assembly.

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Voice of votes – technology and the Nigerian election

Nigeria in Numbers

Voice of Votes has recently started to garner attention in Nigeria and beyond. In the run up to the election, we asked Ismail Jibrin to tell us more about the technology-based offering, and how it could shape the election and its aftermath. You can contact Ismail, here.

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President Goodluck Jonathan under fire as election nears

Nic Cheeseman

In this blog, our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman looks at the prospects for an APC victory in Nigeria at the February polls and the rumours of potential manipulation already surround the elections.

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Je Suis Baga

Nigeria

In the march on Sunday, Hollande claimed that Paris was the capital of the world. Given the number of deaths at the hands of Boko Haram this month, Ian Taylor wants to know why all eyes are not on Baga.

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Pre-election rift in Nigeria’s PDP

Nigeria

In this article, Michaela Collord argues that a pre-election rift has opened up in the People’s Democratic Party, which has placed the  executive and the legislature on a collision course. 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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Nigerian political parties: more ideology than meets the eye

Phillip

In this blog, Philip Dorrell argues that, contrary to popular opinion, Nigerian parties are ideologically driven. Philip has recently graduated from the University of Oxford, having studied PPE. This article is based on the conclusions of his thesis. Philip is currently working as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte in London

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Rejoinder to ‘why fear Boko Haram’

Hannah Hoechner

In this blog, Hannah Hoechner responds to a recent post by Eliza Griswold on Boko Haram. She argues that we  know very little about Boko Haram’s recruits but what we do know suggests that we should steer clear of sweeping claims that recruits are drawn from ‘West African madrassas’ .  Hannah is a Wiener Anspach postdoctoral […]

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Boko Haram and the Nigerian state crisis

Richard Joseph

In this blog, originally posted on Africa In Focus, Richard Joseph argues that the resolution to the ongoing conflict between the government and Boko Haram will not be solved by better intelligence, but with the emergence of a credible, democratic state. Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University.

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Responding to the moral crisis in Chibok and expecting the unexpected

Sierra Leone

Last month, in Chibok, Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls. In this post, Zoe Marks argues that, in Nigeria and beyond, we are failing to tackle the moral crisis this act has created. Zoe Marks is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. This post also appears on the University of Edinburgh’s […]

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