Transparency Challenges for Nigeria’s 8th National Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari is faced with the reality of Nigeria’s economic challenges, including declining oil revenues and endemic institutional corruption. One such institution is the National Assembly, whose transparency has recently been an issue of rigorous debate on social media. The 469-member National Assembly (NASS), consisting of members in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, has come under …

#Buhari vows to “kill corruption” in Nigeria. How will he do it?

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Buhari has said over and over again that Nigeria’s primary problem is corruption.  Will he deliver on his vow to “kill corruption”?  How should he approach the task? CPPA analysts will be watching closely and sharing thoughts via the hashtag #BuhariAntiGraft.  Join the conversation. [View the story “How should #Buhari approach key anti-graft campaign?” on Storify]

A Presidency In Peril

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“When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had an unprecedented chance to do what no other recent president could: seize the nation’s financial reins from the corporate elite and return them to the American people. Progressives everywhere held out hope that their new leader would take advantage of the economic crisis he stepped into and enact bold policies …

Through the lenses of a Failing State: Libya’s Lessons for Nigeria

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The beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by the Islamic state in Libya sent shockwaves across the world. Libya had until early in 2011 been politically stable. But the Arab spring which swept across North Africa and the ousting of Gaddafi has pulled the country to the brink of collapse. Various armed groups are involved in a scramble for a piece …

The Real Problem With Nigeria’s Democracy

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On February 7, 2015, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that it would be postponing a fiercely contested election between Nigeria’s incumbent President Jonathan and former military dictator turned opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. The elections were moved by six weeks, to March 28, ostensibly to allow the military to complete a major offensive against the Islamist group, Boko Haram. In a matter of …

What Do We Want Out of Our Democracy?

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If one accepts the common definition of democracy as the ‘rule by the people’, then one should at least have answers to the following questions- if it is a “rule”, then rule over what? The economy? Foreign relations? Medical choices? The boundaries of public and private sphere? Secondly “Rule by who”? And how? Is non-participation allowed, or, as is the …

Nigeria and her oil: seeking reforms to poor governance of petroleum wealth

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On December 9, the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) launched its second benchmarking report with a media event in Lagos. A similar event was held two days later in Abuja. This assessment of the governance of Nigeria’s petroleum wealth was conducted against the twelve precepts of the Natural Resource Charter. The NNRC, led by an independent, multidisciplinary expert advisory panel of 14 …

Transparent Money

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This blog post is an analysis of an article from The Economist Magazine (Nov 4-10). Open government, where government publishes budget documentation on expenditure – primarily online, has taken time to gain traction but is gathering momentum worldwide. As more countries and organizations join the information transparency club, Warren Krafchick of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) believes political will is …