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Title:2015 and the survival of the Nigerian State
Author:Ben Simon, Okolo
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political stability
national security
presidential elections
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.904235
Abstract:Nigeria is currently faced with serious domestic challenges. While the State is not officially at war, it is standing on the precipice, especially with the eruption of violence occasioned by the emergence of the Boko Haram sect and the tenuous peace in the Niger Delta. With the 2015 general elections on the horizon, fears of further violence and disintegration are rife, more so because of the debate over who occupies the Presidential Villa at Abuja. President Goodluck Jonathan, a southerner, seems poised for a comeback even amidst the vociferous challenge posed by the political elites of northern Nigeria. This article looks at the different scenarios that might play out in 2015. It analyses the challenges of the survival of the Nigerian State, and makes some policy recommendations that Nigeria and its people need to put into place in order to ensure its survival beyond 2015. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]