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    • OCTOBER 19, 2017
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    Nigeria’s constitutional reform process: The quest for a people-driven constitution – Idayat Hassan

    Nigeria’s constitutional reform process: The quest for a people-driven constitution – Idayat Hassan

    The Nigerian National Assembly has approved a number of constitutional reforms, and rejected some crucial amendments proposing devolution of power and quotas for the representation of women in the highest echelons of power. While the proposed changes could limit executive discretion, enhance the autonomy of local governments and state legislative assemblies vis-à-vis state governors, the

    • OCTOBER 19, 2017
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    PRESS STATEMENT – Buharimeter Citizens’ Scorecard

    The Centre for Democracy and Development releases Buharimeter Citizens’ Scorecard The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, Abuja, today releases summary of its report titled Buharimeter Citizens’ Scorecard on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the three broad campaign promises (Corruption, Economy and Security)

    • OCTOBER 19, 2017
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    PRESS RELEASE: EMERGING ISSUES ON KENYA’S FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: OUR CONCERNS

    The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a think tank organization working towards enhancing sustainability of democracy and development in West Africa, has been painstakingly observing the electoral process in Kenya in the lead up to the 8 August 2017 and unfolding events after the Supreme Court judgement of 1 September 2017. The Supreme Court

    • OCTOBER 19, 2017
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    PARADOX: TEACHERS FAILING WHILE THEIR STUDENTS “PASS” EXAMS

    Each year, we graduate millions of children from our 65,000 public primary schools in Nigeria and we claim they have passed so we send them to junior secondary schools pleased with ourselves for educating the children of the masses. Meanwhile, we all know we are telling ourselves a big lie because we all know that

    • OCTOBER 18, 2017
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    Citizenship and Indigeneity Conflicts in Nigeria

    Rather than pursuing the common interests of humanity – equality of rights, the satisfaction of material needs, universal respect for the dignity of an individual – their [our] efforts are directed mainly at asserting the rights of their [our] own group (James Littleton, 1991 as quoted in Engin and Patricia, 1999). Since the return to

    • OCTOBER 18, 2017
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    The Economic Community of West African States of (ECOWAS) was created in 1975 with the aim of ensuring the economic integration of its member states. The wave of conflicts that broke out after 1989 in the states of the Mano River Union raised awareness in African leaders on the fundamental link between peace and development.

    • OCTOBER 18, 2017
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    Boko Haram, the Government and Peace Negotiation

    Boko Haram, the Government and Peace Negotiation

    INTRODUCTION The recent increase in Boko Haram activities as manifested in bombing of schools, police and military facilities, twin bombing in Nyanya, a suburb of the federal capital, Abuja, kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a boarding school, senseless murder of lives totaling almost 1000 in less than one month, and the continuing intransigence of

    • OCTOBER 18, 2017
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    Nigeria’s constitutional reform process: The quest for a people-driven constitution – Idayat Hassan

    Nigeria’s constitutional reform process: The quest for a people-driven constitution – Idayat Hassan

    Introduction The Nigerian National Assembly has approved a number of constitutional reforms, and rejected some crucial amendments proposing devolution of power and quotas for the representation of women in the highest echelons of power. While the proposed changes could limit executive discretion, enhance the autonomy of local governments and state legislative assemblies vis-à-vis state governors,

    • OCTOBER 18, 2017
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    The Legacy of Mauritania’s Colonels: West Africa’s Next Crisis?

    Five colonels have ruled Mauritania almost uninterruptedly since the inaugural 1978 coup d’état. Mostly unremarkable officers, their shared (Arab- FBerber) social origins, varied personalities, military careers, and styles of leadership have had a deep impact on the evolution of their ethnically divided country. Briefly taking stock of the pertinent theoretical literature on democratic transitions, civil

    • OCTOBER 17, 2017
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    ‘One Election, One Godfather’ Background paper on Anambra 18th November 2017 Governorship Elections

    ‘One Election, One Godfather’ Background paper on Anambra 18th November 2017 Governorship Elections

    The state holds a preeminent position among the South East states: it is considered to be the centre of Igboland as well as Biafra and the state contains the commercial nerve centre of the South East, Onitsha market. Furthermore, several prominent politicians who went on to play a significant role in Nigeria history were from

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