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October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

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October 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian and U.S. Flooding Similar, Linked to Climate Change

Nigerians fear that flooding in October 2018 could be as bad as or worse than it was in 2012, when two million Nigerians were displaced and 363 died. In 2015, floods displaced 100,000 and led to 53 deaths. In 2016, 92,000 were displaced 38 died. In 2017, floods affected 250,000. 

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February 10, 2017

Nigeria
Goodluck Jonathan on the Nigeria-U.S. Bilateral Relationship

In his February 1, address to the U.S. Congress’s House Subcommittee on Africa, former President Goodluck Jonathan argued for Nigeria’s continued importance to U.S. strategic interests in Africa. He …

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May 31, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Sees More High Level Corruption Convictions Under Buhari

Fighting corruption was one of two planks in Muhammadu Buhari’s successful campaign for the presidency in 2015. He has made recovery of stolen Nigerian assets parked abroad a theme of his dialogue with other leaders, including President Donald Trump.

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April 18, 2018

Nigeria
Traditional Rulers Hold Real Power in Nigeria

Emir Muhammed Sanusi is more than a traditional religious leader and he enjoys much greater influence than do Indian maharajas today.

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April 6, 2018

Nigeria
Perceptions of Tribalism and the Farmer-Herder Conflict in Nigeria

The president’s apathetic response to the conflict in the middle belt encourages the perception of many southern Nigerians and even a few northerners that Muhammadu Buhari is the “President of the North,” rather than of Nigeria as a whole.

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February 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Buhari Supporters Stone Jonathan Convoy

A poster showing the picture of Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is seen at the launch of his campaign in the central city of Lafia, Nassarawa state February 7, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy …

Buhari Supporters Stone Jonathan Convoy

February 22, 2018

Nigeria
Latest Boko Haram Kidnapping Recalls Chibok in 2014

he latest Boko Haram kidnapping of female students sheds some light on the terrorist group’s current operational capacity and also highlights President Muhammadu Buhari’s direct involvement.

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January 24, 2018

Nigeria
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.

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January 7, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Campaign Posters for Nigeria’s President Jonathan

Nigeria’s presidential elections are over two years away. Elite politics are already focusing in on them, however.  Opposition parties are negotiating a possible united front against President Goodlu…

 An armed police officer in riot gear stands guard in front of a poster of Nigerian incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke 16/04/2011.