The Heat: Nigeria Elections

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The two major opposition parties are calling for a new presidential vote in Nigeria, amid allegations of fraud and violence. We will take a look at the challenges for the largest democracy in Africa.  

Nigeria is a country thirsty for change. Young voters mobilized in record numbers last weekend to cast ballots in the presidential election. But the process faced familiar problems: delays, disorganization and accusations of fraud.

Corruption and the economy are the two main issues for voters in Nigeria. Despite being the largest economy in Africa, the country suffers with high inflation and lack of jobs, leading many to migrate to Europe or the United States. But the country also faces an environmental challenge. 

Joining the discussion:

  • Nnimmo Bassey is the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation. 
  • Kingsley Moghalu is president of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation and a former Nigerian presidential candidate. 
  • Uchenna Ekwo is the president of the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives.
  • Remi Adekoya is an associate lecturer at the University of York