Africa Now February 18, 2015 Nigeria: Postponed Elections

Topic: Nigeria—Circumstances Behind the Postponement of the Elections.  As featured on Africa Now! two weeks ago, on February 14, 2015 Nigerians were scheduled to begin the process of electing their representatives starting with the president and national assembly.  But on February 7 the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed that process for six weeks to March 28.  INEC stated that the Nigerian military “could not guarantee security for the election” hence the postponement.  The head of INEC stated the military needed six weeks with their new offensive to control Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria—Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency has led to thousands of deaths and nearly 1.5 million people displaced in the North East.     Today Africa Now! will discuss circumstances behind the postponement of the elections in Nigeria and what it means for country and the region with our guests Mr. Adotei Akwei and Dr. Aniedi Okure.     

Aniedi Okure (L), Adotei Akwei (R)

Aniedi Okure (L), Adotei Akwei (R)

Guests: Mr. Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International USA's Managing Director for Government Relations.  Mr. Akwei was worked on issues concerning human rights in Africa for over 20 years with various organizations.  Dr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network and is a member of the Order of Preachers.  He has served in various pastoral capacities in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States.

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