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Partner PerspectivesFeb 4, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo arrives in London on May 10, 1957.
Ethnicity Blights Democratization and Nation-Building in Africa
One of the problems undermining liberal democracy in Africa is ethnicity. In fact, despite the rise of multiparty democracy on the continent, the electoral decision-making processes are often defined by vitriolic rivalries between clans and cultural groupings. While agreeing that ethnicity predates colonial Africa, its prominence today is arguably a by-product of the balkanization of Africa by European powers. The arbitrary borders created at the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 confined different ethnic groups to specific states. Many of those boundaries enclosed hundreds of diverse and independent groups with no common history, culture, language or religion.
AssessmentsAug 31, 2018 | 17:38 GMT
An aerial photograph from February 2017 shows a burnt village, believed to have been attacked by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria.
In Nigeria, Politics and Militancy Go Hand in Hand
Elections scheduled for February will come into focus as Nigeria enters the final quarter of 2018. President Muhammadu Buhari will be running again, though dozens of defections from his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party to the People's Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, have altered the balance of power within the National Assembly and will test his re-election plans. And in Nigeria, politics and militancy go hand in hand, and the country's leadership at times has tacitly backed, exploited and used insecurity as a political weapon. The close connection between politics and militancy certainly will be a key factor in determining whether Buhari, a former military head of state turned civilian president, will be able to earn a second term.
AssessmentsOct 11, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
To effectively fight the endemic corruption in his country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) will have to overcome political opposition from the entrenched interests that profit from it.
Deconstructing Nigerian Corruption
Corruption is sapping the Nigerian state. Some estimates say the country has lost hundreds of billions of dollars to graft since its independence from Britain in 1960. If left unaddressed, corruption could cost the country an amount equal to more than 37 percent of gross domestic product by 2030, estimates by London-based accounting firm PwC show. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari made tackling corruption a focus of his administration since taking office in May 2015. Gauging his chances of success requires examining his country's geopolitical landscape and his two rises to power.
AssessmentsSep 9, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (L) talks with rival politician Atiku Abubakar in Lagos.
In Nigeria, a Familiar Debate Resurfaces
The decadeslong debate over Nigeria's political structure has been reignited once again. On Aug. 21, Ekiti state Gov. Ayodele Fayose announced his support for the idea of moving toward "true federalism," in essence calling for the further devolution of power and revenue to Nigerian states. That the ruling All Progressives Congress has turned away from the same notion is odd, Fayose added, considering that the party ran on a federalist platform in elections last year. But amending the Nigerian Constitution to allow for greater federalism would require President Muhammadu Buhari to have -- and be willing to burn through -- substantial political capital. It would also risk intensifying Nigeria's disputes about what kind of country it wants to be and how best it can reconcile its often competing goals of national unity and local autonomy.
AssessmentsMar 11, 2010 | 18:53 GMT
Nigeria: The Underlying Conflict in Jos
The underlying cause of violence in the Jos region of Nigeria is not a religious fight as much as it is a struggle between ethnicities for local political control. (With STRATFOR maps)
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