Africa Now February 4, 2015 Nigeria Elections and Beyond

Topic: Nigeria—Elections and Beyond.  On February 14, 2015 Nigerians go to polls to elect a president.  There are 14 presidential candidates in the race: the two main candidates likely to win are the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  Overshadowing the election process are the recent scaled up attacks by the group 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.   What are the other issues of concern for the Nigerian electorate?  What does the process mean for the African World?  Today Africa Now! will attempt to put into proper context the Nigeria election process and beyond with guest Mr. Nii Akuetteh.

Nii Akuetteh

Nii Akuetteh

Mr. Nii Akuetteh is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC and is part of the African Immigrants Caucus.  He was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa in Nigeria.  Prior to that he was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affair and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum.  Mr. Akuetteh appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, NPR, The Real News Network and more.

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