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Longing for a ‘strongman’ in Nigeria?

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In this opinion piece, Chris Akor explores the apparent desire for a ‘strongman’ leader in Nigeria. He analyses the pressure on Goodluck Jonathan to ‘rule like a lion or a tiger’ and the nostalgia for dictatorial leaders like General Mohammadu Buhari. Chris has recently completed an MSc at the University of Oxford.

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Premature election fever and security challenges in Nigeria

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In this blog, Zainab Usman highlights the importance of looking at the political context in which militia groups in Nigeria operate. As political contestation around the 2015 elections starts to grow, she asks what impact these various groups will have on the polls, and what the post-election environment might have in store for them. Zainab […]

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Traditional Qur’anic students in Nigeria: Fair game for unfair accusations?

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As attacks attributed to the militant Islamic group Boko Haram continue in Nigeria, Hannah Hoechner explores the  ways in which students at traditional Qur’anic schools are treated in word and deed, both inside and outside the country. Hannah is reading for a DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford.    

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Ambassador John Campbell Responds to ‘Adding Fuel to the Fire in Nigeria’

Adding Fuel to the Fire in Nigeria” is the most thought-provoking, convincing analysis I have seen of the Jonathan administration’s attempts to end the fuel subsidy. The anonymous author makes the fundamental point that ending the fuel subsidy is not about economics – it is about the patronage politics that govern Nigeria—a point with which […]

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Adding Fuel to the Fire in Nigeria

Following the recent political unrest and attacks by Boko Haram, we asked an experienced Nigeria watcher to update us on the state of the nation. He did so on the condition of anonymity, and argues that the removal of fuel subsidies has nothing to do with economics, that it may not actually matter whether or […]

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