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After the Elections, Now the Hard Work Begins

Published May 3, 2011 | By Nate Haken

On 15 May 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in three states in northeastern Nigeria. In a televised statement , he called for “extraordinary measures to restore normalcy” in Borno, Yobe and Adawama states, where the domestic non-state armed group(s) Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad (JAS), commonly known as Boko Haram, primarily operates. A heat map of violent incidents compiled by The Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker and collated by Partners for Peace shows the relative distribution of grievance-driven insecurity in the period between January and April 2013.

Preparing for the Election Cycle in Nigeria: Corruption and Intimidation

Published March 2, 2011 | By Nate Haken, Jumoke Balogun, Jenna Torosian

During the period covered by this report (August-November 2010) the election season was getting under way. This report compiles the incidents and issues documented by civil society in the UNLocK Nigeria early warning network, with a particular focus on the state and local levels in the Niger Delta region. According to these incident reports, candidates reportedly engaged in intimidation against their opponents; candidates and their family member were kidnapped or killed; criminal and vigilante elements were reportedly co-opted or recruited for political reasons; officials were accused of corruption; the government’s rebel amnesty program continued to falter due in part to ambiguity and controversy over who is eligible to participate; floods destroyed homes and poverty.