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Nigeria Votes 2015

Nigeria's Great Expectations

As with US President Obama, Buhari will have to juxtapose the desire for change with the realities of office. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAfter steamrolling to victory in the 28 March presidential election with 54% of the vote, General Buhari is promising to bring fundamental improvements to government and security.

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Nigeria's real security vote

ahead of the 28 March elections, Nigerian troops have recaptured areas from Boko Haram in the troubled north-east, following a series of strikes aided by Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Photo©STR/AP/SIPAAfter years of little progress against Boko Haram, Nigeria's military – with the help of regional allies – has launched its most important offensive ahead of polls.

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Nigerians complete party power overhaul

Nigeria's main opposition has won a number of States in elections for governors, shortly after winning the presidential elections.

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Nigeria's defining moment

Impressed with his composed Jedi-like manner Nigerian social media has already dubbed him 'Jegai'. Photo©ReutersNigeria's electoral commission (INEC) chairperson Attahiru Jega was cool, calm and collected as he presided over the 2015 presidential election, which is being hailed as a historic moment for the troubled country.

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Nigeria's man of the moment

Attahiru Jega. Photo©Thomas Sataar for TARProfessor Attahiru Jega’s tenure as President of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) coincided with the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida, a period in which, according to one University professor quoted at the time, “practically all the factors that make a university autonomous have been interfered with by one decree or the other.”

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Nigeria votes: Nollywood's President

At an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Silverbird entertainment empire, in November 2010, President Jonathan caught the audience unawares with his announcement of a $200 million fund for Nigerian "entertainers".

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Nigeria worries over economic growth outlook, keeps benchmark interest rate unchanged

Nigeria's central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 13 percent as expected on Tuesday, saying tight monetary policy should offset the inflationary effects of elevated spending ahead of a March 28 election.

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Which way forward for Nigeria?

Nigerians forget political differences to rally against election postponement. Photo©Afolabi Sotunde©ReutersIt was set to be the closest-run national election since the 1960s. Now talk of further postponements or interim governments leaves the prospects cloudy and would-be voters increasingly restive.

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Olusegun Obasanjo, the history man

Former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo. Photo©Mark Chilvers for TARFormer president Olusegun Obasanjo was on an international tour to promote his bulky three-volume memoir – My Watch – when the electoral commission announced that the elections due on 14 February would be postponed for six weeks.

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5 reasons why Nigeria's elections would have been a disaster

Abiodun Ajijola, Coordinator of Election Monitor, a civil society group, explains why Nigeria's presidential and gubernatorial elections were postponed, arguing that the Independent National Electoral Commission's unpreparedness for the February 14 polls would have led to disastrous consequences.

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You need $2bn for a presidential election in Nigeria - Bismarck Rewane

Bismarck Rewane Chief executive, Financial Derivatives Company, NigeriaIn 1999, the military funded the campaign of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2007, the Umaru Yar'Adua campaign was funded by the governors. In 2011, the elections were funded by the [fuel] subsidy boys, and that's why they wanted to get their money back... Interview with Bismarck Rewane Chief executive, Financial Derivatives Company, Nigeria.

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Nigeria: The men behind the money

Nigerian elections demand big bucks, and many in industry stand to gain. But despite the ostentatious televised giving sprees and cheerleader consortiums, President Jonathan may still find he's scraping the bottom of the (oil) barrel for the funding he needs.

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