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January 24, 2018

Nigeria-Obasanjo-Politics-Coalition-Movement Former President Obasanjo Excoriates Nigeria's Politics, Proposes New Path

Obasanjo’s statement is significant for its apparently clear-eyed assessment of the current state of Nigerian governance, as well as its harsh criticism of his successors, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. It is also indicative of the widespread reassessment of Nigeria’s political institutions now underway across the country.

February 15, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Obasanjo Fears for Nigeria Obasanjo Fears for Nigeria

Party delegate and former president Olusegun Obasanjo attends the presidential primaries of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria's federal capital Abuja January 13, 2011. (Af…

March 28, 2011

Obasanjo Discusses Zoning Obasanjo Discusses Zoning

Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during official opening of peace talks in Nairobi. (Antony Njuguna/Courtesy Reuters) During a March 26 speech in Abuja, former Nigerian presid…

August 23, 2011

Babangida, Obasanjo, and Nigerian Governance Babangida, Obasanjo, and Nigerian Governance

Nigeria's former military head of state Ibrahim Babangida, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and former head of state Muhamodu Buhari (L-R) pose for a photograph at the end of a book launch in …

December 13, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo (R) and the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) vice presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan (left) speaks during a PDP presidential campaign rally in Ibadan March 8, 2007. Former Nigerian President Obasanjo’s Letter to President Goodluck Jonathan

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo witheringly criticizes President Goodluck Jonathan’s governance in an eighteen page, ostensibly private, letter that has been leaked to the press. Obasanjo’s catalo…

May 23, 2018

Nigeria-Aliko-Dangote-Africa-Richest-Person Nigeria's Dangote, Africa's Richest Person, Became Rich at Home

Outside of business and financial circles, Dangote is not well known in the United States. Perhaps that is largely because his business interests—banking, cement, sugar, salt, agriculture, and manufacturing—are centered in Nigeria and Africa rather than overseas.

March 1, 2018

Nigeria-Buhari-President-Second-Term Buhari's Bid for a Second Term Faces Opposition

Under Nigeria’s custom of power rotation between the predominately Christian south and predominately Muslin north, it is still the north’s “turn.”

December 28, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari supporters at a solidarity rally in Abuja, Nigeria August 11, 2017. Nigeria Is Not Corrupt, Nigerians Are Corrupt

Changes to law and institutions will come later, but it starts with people. Unless Nigerians choose to stop participating in and enabling corruption, the country will not move forward.

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

December 23, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience arrive for a dinner with the French President and other dignitaries as part of the Summit for Peace and Security in Africa at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 6, 2013. Presidents Obasanjo and Jonathan on the State of Nigeria

On December 2, former president Obasanjo sent a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan cataloguing the shortcomings of the latter’s administration. Eighteen pages in length, it is a thoroughgoing indi…