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Upcoming Workshop: Taxation and the social contract in Nigeria

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Next Tuesday, 29 April 2014, Oxford Department of International Development will be hosting a workshop on taxation and the social contract in Nigeria. This promising to be a day of engaging presentations and lively discussion focusing on a topical and important issue. Admission is free. Those wishing to attend should contact Dr Oliver Owen  by emailing  […]

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A bank in suspense: Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido Sanusi

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In this blog piece, Michaela Collord explores President Goodluck Jonathan’s suspension of the Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi and questions what the potential repercussions of this move could be. 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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Politicians’ salaries and income inequalities.

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In this post Zainab Usman takes a look at the issue of parliamentarians and their pay, in comparison to that of the citizens they are meant to serve. Zainab Usman is a DPhil candidate in International Development and pens her own blog here.  

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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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Boko Haram and the future of Nigeria

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Inocent Chukwuma, criminologist, activist and Director of the Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN) visited the African Studies Centre recently for a small informal gathering of Nigeria watchers. Those who were present were lucky enough to hear a comprehensive take on Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency informed by radical criminology and political economy, which included Nigeria’s […]

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Something had to give: Nigeria’s coming crisis (part two)

Following his highly acclaimed analysis into the state of the nation in Nigeria in January, our anonymous Nigerian analyst returns for the second of a two-part special dissecting the combustible political and economic environment in Nigeria. (If you missed it, take a look at part one here). It was inevitable, really. With limited ‘trickle-down’, and no […]

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Something had to give: Nigeria’s coming crisis (part one)

Following his highly acclaimed analysis into the state of the nation in Nigeria in January, our anonymous Nigerian analyst returns to for a two-part special to dissect the combustible political and economic environment in Nigeria. Something had to give. On 29th June Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, freshly-landed from Rio, announced the dismissal of National Security Advisor […]

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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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