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Articles By Parvathi Vasudevan

Democracy in Nigeria

The election of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was made possible through largely free and fair polls in Nigeria, suggesting that democracy was "back on track" in a nation dominated by the military in the past. Violent incidents were orchestrated by opposition groups following the elections but conciliatory statements by the opposition candidate bode well for the settlement of differences. The administration has now got to address a range of vital issues affecting the citizenry.

A Test for Democracy and Development in Nigeria

The north-south "zoning" arrangement of the presidency in Nigeria, as practised by the Peoples Democratic Party, has turned out to be an issue in the run-up to the 2011 elections. While incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan has an advantage in the elections, the policy positions of other candidates on the economic problems of Nigeria could influence voters.

Elections as a Litmus Test in Nigeria

The recent elections in Nigeria will prove a tough challenge for democracy and for the new president Alhaji Yar'Adua. While on the economic front Nigeria has in recent years registered encouraging success, its ambitions to be an African power will rest on Yar'Adua's ability to manage the country's diversity and to set in place vital improvements in the social sector.