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October 4, 2019

Nigeria
The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy

Commentators, especially outside Nigeria, saw the elections of 2015 as an important milestone for the country’s democratic development breaking the pattern of rigged elections. However, could it be that it was the elections of 2011 that really broke the pattern, and the elections of 2015 merely restored it? Were in fact the elections of 2015 much better than those before and after? Did the political classes determine that Jonathan had to go, in part because of the deteriorating economy and security situation, but also understanding that the 1998–9 bargain struck between the south and the north be restored? Will the bargain survive in 2023? 

Obasanjo walks past a cheering crowd in a white robe.

December 23, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
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…

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.

August 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s President Jonathan to Meet with President Obama

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told Nigerian media that President Goodluck Jonathan and President Barack Obama would meet in Washington, DC in September, on the margins of the UN General Asse…

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington June 8, 2011.

September 20, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Is Back in the Media Spotlight, but It Was Never Really Gone

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, on a number of occasions, has stated that Boko Haram is “technically defeated.” The Council’s Nigeria Security Tracker indicates otherwise, and on September 14, the New York Times published an extensive story on the resurgence of Boko Haram. It was accompanied by three pictures on a back page, including one of a child’s scar from an injury sustained during a suicide bombing.

Women and children sit outside the smoke-blackened remains of a building.

June 17, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gay Marriage and Goodluck Jonathan’s Tricky Position

This is a guest post by Dominic Bocci, assistant director at the Council on Foreign Relations’ David Rockefeller Studies Program. The passage of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill on May 31, 201…

President Goodluck Jonathan presents his administration's midterm report during Democracy Day in Abuja May 29, 2013.

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.

October 19, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Floods and the Jonathan Administration

Floods resulting from the autumn rainy season have devastated central and southeastern Nigeria. According to Nigerian media, the flooding is the worst in fifty years, and has already killed more than…

Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Idah Local Government Area, in Nigeria's central state of Kogi. 29/09/2012

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

August 21, 2019

Nigeria
Debt Servicing, Tax Revenue, and Oil in Nigeria

President Buhari is publicly asking the Federal Inland Revenue Service about its failure to meet tax-collecting targets since 2015. Nigerian Federal and state entities have borrowed so much money that debt service now consumes more than 70 percent of revenue, according to the Finance Ministry. 

Tunde Fowler sits and gestures in front of a FIRS logo during an interview.

August 7, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Kirsten Gillibrand announced on August 28, 2019, that she was ending her campaign. It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since Nov…

Kirsten Gillibrand