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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Nigeria

All about votes and the naira

The government will struggle to kick-start the economy and deal with security threats as electioneering begins

Politics and everyday life in Nigeria in 2018 will be dominated by concerns about security, corruption and the still sluggish economy. All three core issues will weigh heavily on campaigning for the next national elections, due in February 2019. A strengthening sense of regionalism – whether from clashes between herders and farmers in the Middle Belt or from secessionist agitation in the south-east – will rise up the agenda. So will the politicians' responses.

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