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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 ...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

Nigeria at Crossroads of Peril and Promise - Serkin & Kay, Bloomberg View

It’s easy to write off Nigeria as a place destined to perpetuate violence, corruption and plutocracy. Successive oil-enriched governments have followed the tradition of the n...

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,...

Boko Haram Must Be Defeated - Okello Kelo Sam, Los Angeles Times

Eight months is a long time. Long enough for international outrage to rise, fall and fade away. That's how long it's been since Boko Haram militants stormed a secondary school in t...

Boko Haram Just Killed Hundreds of People - The American Interest

Boko Haram razed the Nigerian town and military base of Baga in an overwhelming attack that toppled the last Nigerian-held area in the district of Borno North. Estimates range from...

Africa in 2015: What to Expect - Simon Allison, Daily Maverick

Thank god that’s over. Despite the Daily Maverick’s valiant attempts to look on the bright side, 2014 was not a great year for Africa. For this, special thanks must go ...

7 Awful, Underreported Conflicts - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

2014 has been a brutal year....

Oil Price Fall Has Harsh Consequences for Africa - Amadou Sy, Brookings

Oil exports account for 40-50 percent of GDP for Gabon, Angola and the Republic of the Congo, and 80 percent for Equatorial Guinea. Similarly, Angola, Republic of Congo and Equator...

Fantasy and Gritty Reality in Africa's Party City - Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy

With its pastel-colored mansions, verdant lawns and sculpted gardens, Banana Island is among the world’s most luxurious neighborhoods. It could even be one of those fantastic...

Will Political Change Come from Cheap Oil? - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

That Russia loses badly from sagging world oil prices is obvious, but so do a bunch of other countries run by thugs, autocrats, kleptocrats, theocrats, religious fundamentalists, l...

Finally, a Positive Crisis for U.S. Leadership - Edward Goldberg, RCWorld

Globally, the United States is now in a unique competitive position. It spends significantly less money abroad to import oil, giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the o...

What Is the U.S. Military Building in Chad? - Nick Turse, TomDispatch

Following 9/11, the U.S. launched a counterterrorism program, known as the Pan-Sahel Initiative, to bolster the militaries of Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. Three years later, ...

Nigerian Jihadists' War on Children - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

Boko Haram reserves its deadly violence for society's most vulnerable. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 50....

No Hope for Release of Schoolgirls in Nigeria - Adam Nossiter, NYT

The news from Nigeria sounded almost too good to be true — and so it appears to have been. Two weeks ago, Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, the country’s top mili...

The West Needs to Help Tackle Ebola - M. Goerg, German Marshall Fund

With citizens going to the polls in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire in 2015, a lot is at stake for West Africa as a whole in how regional and int...

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola - Edward Wright, The Conversation

If you can break the transmission you can control the outbreak....

When the Bell Tolls for the Petrostate - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

It's fair to assume that revenue from selling oil and gas will decline within a few decades in countries that are unlikely to find much in the way of new reserves....

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