Today Nigeria’s political system is more fiercely contested than ever with some militants trying to break up the federation – to what extent ... do these schisms have their roots in the extreme violence of Britain’s commercial exploitation of the territory and its colonial conquest ?
For Ivorian entrepreneur and economist Eric Kacou, these are negotiating positions; he expects a settlement over the coming weeks.
The news has been frenetic since the elections; first the government attacked the houses of several opposition leaders.
Then the exiled leader Guillaume Soro called for an army rebellion, raising fears the country could return to the violence that immediately preceded the arrival of President Ouattara, and the lost decade before.
And historic opposition leader Henri-Konan Bédié has pronounced himself president.
But in this conversation we pull back the lens, and look at some of the structural blocks on the country; a young population looking for guidance, huge unrealised potential, a political discourse that favours personality over policy, and the potential for regional leadership that a unified regional economy can bring.
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