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 …

2015 Elections: Who are Lagosians voting for?

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Between January 28 and February 2, CPPA surveyed 1,000 Lagosians to determine their attitudes towards the upcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections.  Respondents were asked, among other questions, who they would vote for president and governor, whether they had collected their PVCs, and their attitudes towards a potential election postponement.  CPPA’s survey revealed an overwhelming preference for APC’s candidates for both …

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 …