Nigeria

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One Nigeria Under God

Laura Premack, Boston Review

Is Nigeria Doomed, or Set to Thrive?

G. Serkin & C. Kay, Bloomberg View

The Rule of Boko Haram

Joshua Hammer, New York Review of Books

Perhaps Boko Haram’s threat to the Nigerian state is what will save it. Because the group provides what any alliance needs: a common enemy....(full article)

A new president took office in May in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the end of colonial rule in 1960, offering a chance for a nation weary of poverty...(full article)

Both South Africa and Nigeria accept in the abstract that cooperation and partnership is vital. But in practice, issue by issue, more parochial self-serving agendas have generally ...(full article)

For the first time in history of Africa's largest country, a challenger defeated a sitting Nigerian president via the ballot box. The losing incumbent in the March 28 election, Goo...(full article)

The country known as Nigeria began to coalesce at the beginning of the twentieth century, when Frederick Lugard, a British mercenary and explorer, forced the Sokoto Caliphate and I...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Fighting Terror in Boko Haram Country - Glenna Gordon, Narratively

Kano and Maiduguri, the biggest cities in predominantly Muslim Northern Nigeria, are drought-prone and sprawling outposts, filled with concrete roadblocks and teenage boys with mac...

When African Leaders Learn to Let Go - Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker

Back in the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama went to Ghana and gave Africans a lecture about democracy, in which he paid tribute to determined voters across the continent who...

What's Up With Boko Haram? - John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria inaugurates its new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29. It is the first time a Nigerian head of state has defeated an incumbent at the ballot box. Buhari’s succes...

Nigeria Needs a New Start - Bloomberg View

Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, who takes office Friday, made history by notching the first defeat of an incumbent president since independence in 1960. Now comes the ha...

With Help from ISIS, a More Deadly Boko Haram - Philip Obaji, DB

The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram, after some much heralded reversals on the battlefield, has made a dangerous comeback, unleashing female suicide bombers, carryi...

A New President Inherits a Crippled Nigeria - Joachim MacEbong, Quartz

With the handover of president Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari coming in a few days on May 29, many Nigerians cannot wait for the resumption of governance that will hopefully...

Nigeria's South African Mercenaries - John Campbell, CFR

After almost five years of reverses, the Nigerian federal government largely cleared Boko Haram fighters from the territories they occupied in Borno state–in about five weeks...

Despite Setbacks, Boko Haram Is Alive and Well - N. Yousseff, Daily Beast

The rescue of prisoners and a loss of territory doesn’t spell defeat for the terrorist group....

A Taunting ISIS Approaches Tunisia - Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

It used to be known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Now, Tunisia could become the latest addition to the so-called Islamic State....

Nigeria's Landmark Election - Toronto Star

For Nigerians this week’s presidential election is a watershed, the first peaceful transition of power between political parties in the country’s post-colonial history, in the ...

How Jonathan's Electoral Run Lost Steam in Nigeria - J. Campbell, CFR

It is likely that Buhari won the most votes in the elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011. But, election rigging and dubious court judgments in election disputes precluded him becoming ...

Nigeria Needs Better Luck from Buhari - C. Gegout, The Conversation

Nigerians have chosen General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, to be their president. Following an election that saw 41 people killed in...

Nigeria Votes to End Corruption - Jerusalem Post

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari’s decisive victory in Nigeria’s election might lead one to suspect that voters chose him over incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for t...

Fourth Time's the Charm for Nigeria's Buhari - Siobhan O'Grady, FP

In his fourth democratic bid for Nigeria’s presidency, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari finally claimed victory Tuesday, beating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by more tha...

Nigeria Surprises the World - Karen Attiah, Washington Post

Nigeria just threw the world a curveball. For months, there were doubts that Nigeria would survive 2015. Headlines fixated on the winds of Boko Haram’s terrorism combining wi...

Now, Will Nigeria's Leaders Listen? - Jennifer Cooke, CSIS

On Saturday, Nigerians voted in the hardest fought and most closely contested national elections in the country's history. With initial results trickling in, the presidential race ...

Stunning Upset in Nigerian Presidential Election - Aryn Baker, Time

In a radical reversal of fortune, presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has proven that the fourth run is the charm when it comes to being elected President of Nigeria. In an ele...

Africa's Most Important Election Approaches - Kevin Sieff, WaPo

On Saturday, Africa’s most populous and oil-rich country will go to the polls. The election looks to be the tightest in the 16 years since military rule ended in Nigeria &nda...

The Challenge to Democracy in Nigeria - Russell Hanks, CFR

Nigeria’s election, originally scheduled for last month, is set to take place this weekend. This is the first open election in the nation since 1980, one in which the outcome...

Nigerian Voters Might Elect an Old Dictator - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

When Nigerians vote this weekend for their next president, they face a choice between the devil they know and the devil their grandparents knew....

Nigeria's Internal Struggles - Tolu Ogunlesi, New York Times

Nigeria is formally divided into 36 states, and a “federal capital territory.” These states are informally grouped into six “geopolitical” zones — thr...

Boko Haram Is Now a Global Threat - M. Goerg & S. Dembinski, RCWorld

Boko Haram remained a purely Nigerian issue for years, but that is changing fast. The group's aspirations, and its pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, are broadening the scope...

A Photo Finish in Nigeria's Critical Election - C. Florance, RealClearWorld

Nigeria's past is rife with military dictatorships and coups d'état, yet over the last decade the country has made considerable gains in establishing democratic institutions and t...

As Nigeria Goes, Africa Follows - Bloomberg View

Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to Islamic State has raised fears of terrorism spreading across middle Africa. Yet such anxieties threaten to overshadow a larger and less hypothe...

Can This Man Save Nigeria from Boko Haram? - Rebecca Miller, TNI

Muhammadu Buhari could be the answer to Nigeria’s Boko Haram problem. Later this month, Nigeria will head to the polls to vote for the country’s next president. The con...

Nigeria's Ticket to a Stronger Democracy - Kevin Lees, National Interest

Though he's not the candidate with the name "Goodluck," Muhammadu Buhari, the challenger in Nigeria's now-delayed presidential election, must be feeling lucky....

ISIS's Plan to Take Its Caliphate Global - Nancy Youssef, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to o...

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS - Richard Osley, Independent

Boko Haram, the militant Nigerian group, has announced it is allying with the Islamic State (Isis). The pledge was made in an audio message, appearing to be a recording of the grou...

Nigeria's Steady, Underappreciated Pres - William Reed, Washington Times

Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership would bear fruit with a new presidential term...

Nigeria's Miserable Options - New York Times

The Nigerian government was supposed to hold presidential elections this past weekend, which presented voters with the dispiriting choice of keeping a lousy incumbent or returning ...

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

Can Nigeria Find Stability? - Independent

Riven by regional, ethnic and religious divisions since it attained independence in 1960, Nigeria has a long tradition of overcoming difficulties that might destroy other nations. ...

As Kerry Visits, Boko Haram Kills - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

Just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was preaching the importance of a peaceful Nigerian election in the coastal megacity of Lagos on Sunday, Boko Haram militants were engage...

Boko Haram: The Islamic State of Africa - The Economist

IS BOKO HARAM becoming Africa’s Islamic State? In its bloodlust and ambition to hold territory, it certainly resembles the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram has carved ...

Boko Haram Is the New ISIS - Tom Rogan, National Review

The brutal jihadists now control 20,000 square kilometers, and they’re intent on building a caliphate....

The Boko Haram Menace - Togu Ogunlesi, New York Times

Here in Nigeria’s commercial hub, it is tempting to regard Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group that for more than five years has waged war in the country’s far northeas...

Boko Haram and the Deadly New Normal - Joe Randazzo, Daily Beast

In the first few days after Boko Haram’s recent attack in the remote village of Baga, most of the news coverage I saw about it concerned the lack of news. Why, the media wondered...

Nigeria's Election Is Fraught with Risk - The Observer

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president, finally made it to Borno state last week, almost two weeks after the Islamist terrorist group known as Boko Haram seized the town of B...

The President Who Doesn't Care About His Country - C Page, Chicago Trib

When terror hits Paris, we care. When terror hits Nigeria, not so much....

Boko Haram Is Back With a Vengeance - Chicago Tribune

Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militants, got the world's attention last year after kidnapping 276 schoolgirls. The despicable group still holds most of the girls, is still untamed...

Boko Haram Gets Deadlier by the Day - Sophie Kleeman, Mic

As the world watched in horror while two gunmen slaughtered 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, a massacre of a different kind was happ...

Boko Haram Reaches New Low - Irish Times

Army attempt to take back land held by rebels likely to end in failure with lack of international support....

Nigeria Not Doing Enough to Stop Boko Haram - Barbie Latza Nadeau, DB

No one knows for sure how many people Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed in a string of violent attacks last week because there are few people left to count the ...

Nigeria President: See No Evil, Speak No Evil - Siobhan O'Grady, FP

ith the world’s gaze focused on Paris last week, militants from Boko Haram destroyed the town of Baga and several neighboring villages in northern Nigeria, killing up to 2,...

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