Nigeria: Who will fix the economic malaise?

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Friday, 6 January 2023 15:39

People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar (L), Labor Party candidate Peter Obi (2nd L), APC vice-presidential candidate Kashim Ibrahim Shettima (2nd R) and the New Nigerian People's Party candidate Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (R) attend a ceremony as 18 candidates signed a pledge to ensure peaceful elections in Abuja, Nigeria on September 29, 2022. Adam Abu-bashal / Anadolu Agency (Photo by Adam Abu-bashal / ANADOLU AGENCY / Anadolu Agency via AFP)

What a difference eight years make. In the run-up to the presidential elections of 2015, the key issue was insecurity and the abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls from Chibok in north-east Nigeria; today it is the ailing economy

The catastrophic incident shook the entire world. The US First Lady, Michelle Obama, P Diddy and Alicia Keys all joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. On the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood stars – Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and other cast members of The Expendables 3 – held up signboards bearing the same message.