WhatsApp and Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Press Release

WhatsApp both strengthens and undermines Nigerian democracy, says UK-Nigeria research team Research findings were released today by a UK-Nigerian research team examining the role of WhatsApp in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Drawing on citizen surveys and interviews with political campaigns, the report underlines the ways in which WhatsApp has promoted the spread of “fake news” around …

WHATSAPP AND NIGERIA'S 2019 ELECTIONS: MOBILISING THE PEOPLE, PROTECTING THE VOTE

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in 40 African countries, including Nigeria, due to its low cost, encrypted messages, and the ability to easily share messages with both individuals and groups. Its political influence has expanded rapidly in line with its growing penetration. The private messenger application continued to play an increasingly significant role …

Sorting Fact From Fiction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) for the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections represented the first attempt in Nigeria at running a rigorous fact-checking process before, during and after the electoral process of both presidential and gubernatorial elections. CDD’s specific mandate was to provide a filter and check on viral stories …

CDD Fact Check: Did Two Herdsmen Climb Azman Airline In Lagos Airport?

VERDICT False and Misleading   CLAIM: A 12seconds video surfaced on social media, particularly on Twitter, WhatsApp and blog, in the early hours of July 19, 2019.  The 12-second long video is alleging that two suspected herdsmen climbed AZMAN Aircraft and were spraying liquid content into the engine. The aircraft which had passengers on board …

The Politics and Effectiveness of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria has been instrumental in charging and prosecuting senior political leaders and businessmen with political links, as well as in recovering and repatriating significant stolen resources for the Nigerian state. Yet it is also subject to frequent political interference, which reduces its effectiveness and means that it …

Increasing Agricultural Productivity through Fertiliser use

The importance of increasing inorganic fertiliser use in subSaharan Africa is generally accepted and fertiliser subsidy schemes have existed in Nigeria since the 1970s. These have typically been both expensive and unsuccessful, using up to 40% of the agricultural budget. In recent years, Nigerian governments have attempted two approaches: the first, the Growth Enhancement Support …

Promoting Peace, Justice and Reconciliation in North East, Nigeria during Ramadan.

As part of her effort towards fostering peace, reconciliation and reintegration in Borno State. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) organised a radio program in the auspicious month of Ramadan 2019. This is the second edition of the Ramadan radio program with the first edition held in 2018.   The Ramadan Radio programme was organised …

Is General Adeosun the New Chief of Army Staff?

Verdict: FALSE The Claim: On July 9, 2019, Blueprint newspaper published on its online platform with the caption “Adeosun replaces Buratai as new Chief of Army Staff”. The newspaper claimed it has credible evidence that General Buratai., the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has been replaced. This was also published by The Observers Times, an …

A Reflection on 20 years of Democracy in Nigeria, By Mahmud Jega

The Fourth Republic differs from the three previous Republics we had in Nigeria in several respects. For one, it is the longest. While the First Republic lasted 5 years from Independence, the Second Republic lasted four years and three months while the Third Republic was inconclusive. It had elected state governors, state assemblies and even …