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Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence

Africa Report N°220, 21 November 2014

A policeman stands near a polling booth during the local government election in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos October 22, 2011.

Nigeria’s politics is sliding dangerously towards violence before, during and after the February 2015 elections. With only three months to the polls, mitigating bloodshed requires urgent improvements in security and electoral arrangements, as well as in political mind-sets.

Recent Reports

Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence, Africa Report N°220, 21 Nov 2014

Nigeria’s politics is sliding dangerously towards violence before, during and after the February 2015 elections. With only three months to the polls, mitigating bloodshed requires urgent improvements in security and electoral arrangements, as well as in political mind-sets.

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency, Africa Report N°216, 3 Apr 2014

In an environment of poverty, injustice and lack of political will for reform, Boko Haram is increasingly putting local and regional stability at risk. 中文

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (I): The Jos Crisis, Africa Report N°196, 17 Dec 2012

Unless addressed immediately, recurrent violence in Nigeria’s Plateau state will continue to fuel settler-indigene tensions and exacerbate intercommunal strife across the country. 中文

Lessons from Nigeria’s 2011 Elections, Africa Briefing N°81, 15 Sep 2011

Nigeria’s April elections may have broken somewhat its cycle of deeply flawed polls, but the country still must meet many and daunting challenges to ensure a stable and democratic future.

Nigeria’s Elections: Reversing the Degeneration?, Africa Briefing N°79, 24 Feb 2011

Despite some encouraging preparations, huge challenges remain in the short weeks before the April general elections at which Nigeria’s international reputation and faith in its own democracy are at stake.

Northern Nigeria: Background to Conflict, Africa Report N°168, 20 Dec 2010

Nigeria’s far north is not the hot bed of Islamic extremists some in the West fear, but it needs reinforced community-level peacebuilding, a more subtle security response, and improved management of public resources lest lingering tensions lead to new violence.

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta, Africa Briefing N°60, 30 Apr 2009

The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-term regional development in the oil-rich region.

Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell, Africa Briefing N°54, 18 Sep 2008

The Nigerian government’s 4 June 2008 decision to replace the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as operator of oil concessions in Ogoni areas offers an opportunity for ending one of the longest-running conflicts between a multinational oil company and a local community in the Niger Delta.

Nigeria: Ending Unrest in the Niger Delta, Africa Report N°135, 5 Dec 2007

The Niger Delta is again at risk of sliding into chaos. The 29 May 2007 inauguration of new federal and state governments offered an opportunity to resolve longstanding conflicts afflicting the oil-rich, deeply impoverished region.

Nigeria: Failed Elections, Failing State?, Africa Report N°126, 30 May 2007

Nigeria’s democracy is in crisis. The April 2007 elections were supposed to move the country to a higher rung on the democratisation ladder, create a more conducive environment to resolve its many internal conflicts and strengthen its credentials as a leading peacemaker, but instead generated serious new problems that may be pushing it further towards the status of a failed state.

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