I have been invited by the Royal African Society to participate in a panel discussing the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, and the underlying political, economic, social and global issues around it.
Details of the event are available on the Royal African Society’s website. I have reproduced it below:
Date & Time: Wednesday 28 January, 6:30-8:30PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Speakers: Zeinab Usman, doctoral candidate in International Development, Oxford University; Paul Adams, Africa Adviser, Salamanca Group & Consultant, Africa Research Institute; Michael Ehioze-Ediae, lawyer & writer; others TBC. Chair: Funmi Iyanda, broadcaster, producer, Creation Television
On February 14th, Nigerians are preparing to head to the polls for what is expected to be the most fiercely contested presidential elections since the country returned to civilian rule in 1999. With competing claims to the presidency between Northern and Niger Delta politicians, escalating insecurity in the North-East and accusations of an ill-prepared electoral process, the prospects of peaceful elections on the 14th and 28th February remain in doubt.
With two equally matched parties for the first time, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC), tensions are high, and much is at stake. The opposition promises to sweep in an era of radical change, but the ruling PDP claim their man, Goodluck Jonathan, is the one to tackle the bigger issues that threaten Nigeria’s democracy such as corruption, oil dependency and the devolution of power. But the administration’s failure to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency has led to widespread disillusion in some quarters, and growing calls for change.
Join our panel of experts as they delve through the rhetoric that has dominated the election campaign and explore the issues that will continue to be important for the continent’s largest economy, long after the elections.
This event has been organised in collaboration with Creation Television.
To attend this and all other Royal African Society events you must first register on the website here. After which you will be able to register for free to this and all other events.