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The 2015 Nigerian elections

1300-1400 Tuesday 24 February 2015

Venue: CPA Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament

On 14 February, the citizens of Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country, Nigeria, were due to go to the polls to elect their next President and parliament. Due to security concerns, these elections have now been postponeed until April 2015, breeding uncertainty and instability.

The outcome of these elections will have huge implications for the future of both Nigeria and the African continent. Falling oil prices, the ongoing security threat of Boko Haram, religious and ethnic conflicts, the widening north-south divide, corruption; all these threaten Nigeria’s continued stability and growth and it will require strong and effective leadership to find solutions. However, these will be the first elections to be contested by two major parties since the return to civilian rule in 1999, a positive democratic development.

This discussion will explore the implications the elections, the possible outcomes and the postponement itself have for Nigeria’s economy, social development and security.

Speakers: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head of the Africa Programme, Chatham House
Zainab Usman, University of Oxford
Dr Titilola Banjoko, Research Associate, the Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Meg Hillier MP, Chair, Nigeria APPG

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