Shin Aisha Buhari Ta Bada Umarnin Kona Ofishin Abba Kyari?

Gaskiyar Magana: Labari Ne Na Bogi! Wani bidiyo mai tsawon minti hudu da dakika goma sha bakwai (4:17) da wata kafa mai suna Gido24TV dake dandalin YouTube  wanda yanzu haka ake yaduwa a WhatsApp ta wallafa ya bayyana cewa Uwargidan Shugaba Buhari, wato Aisha Buhari ta bada umarnin nan take cewa a kona ofishin shugaban …

Can Steam From Boiled Uda, Uziza, Lime Cure Coronavirus?

VERDICT: Unproven CLAIM: A WhatsApp broadcast message (likely from a Nigerian who lives in the United States) has been circulating in Nigeria with the claim that steam from boiled Uda (Negro Pepper), Uziza (Benja Black Pepper), Lime and ginger can cure Coronavirus. Part of the message reads, Nwunye dim’s (my sister-in-law’s) younger sister is a …

HEALTH MISINFORMATION: FALSE STORIES FROM EBOLA TO CORONAVIRUS

Summary Nigeria has had a long-running battle with misinformation and disinformation. In times of health pandemics, misinformation, or false information shared unintentionally, becomes especially harmful. This was evident during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria; similar dynamics are coming to play with the current coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic. The Centre for Democracy and Development has been tracking …

Traditional leaders key factors in ending Liberia’s culture impunity – CDD, OHCHR

In a continuous effort to end financial crime, the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD) in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform (CSOHRAP) met with traditional leaders in Liberia. The team who were welcomed to Bomi county by the traditional leaders said …

GETTING WOMEN ELECTED: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Since Nigeria returned to democratic Governance in 1999, it has completed seven election cycles. In all theseelections, women have been largely marginalized in the political space at all levels. According to the Inter-ParliamentaryUnion 2019 rankings, Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of women’s s legislative representation in Africa. This paper will examine the historical …

NIGERIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD An assessment of the last two decades

The struggles for human rights in Nigeria have been long, arduous, and continue to this day. Before establishing the current democratic government in 1999, Nigerians were subjected to sixteen years of oppressive military rule marked by scores of human rights violations. The Nigerian military not only governed with brute force but also institutionalized human rights …

20 YEARS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS IN NIGERIA: A CRITICAL LOOK

Corruption in Nigeria is ubiquitous and takes in many forms: from massive contract fraud to petty bribery; from straight-up embezzlement to complicated money laundering schemes. Just six years after independence, the country experienced it’s first military coup that ousted the elected officials of the first republic. One notable justification for the 1966 coup d’etat by …

CÔTE D’IVOIRE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: AN OVERVIEW

Fake News is increasingly becoming a dangerous weapon. Like other lethagic weapons used in causing serious afflictions, the weaponisation of falsehood –Misinformation and Disinformation, has proven a more dangerous means of creating unrest, conflict, and an outright war. Putting this in context, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), as part of its regional campaign …

Nigeria: Women and Electoral Politics in 2023 — Charting the Way Forward

Nigeria: Women and Electoral Politics in 2023 — Charting the Way Forward

As Nigeria enters a new general election season — with political parties already conducting local congresses ahead of primaries next year— what prospects lie ahead for Nigerian women interested in seeking political leadership positions? Women have remained a vastly underrepresented minority in the halls of political power throughout Nigerian history. Since the resumption of electoral …

AN ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIA'S ECONOMY 1999-2020

AN ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIA’S ECONOMY 1999-2020

This study assesses the Nigerian Economy over the past two decades using the key economic plans of the various administrations. It focuses largely on comparing the projected and actual performance of the real, monetary, fiscal, and external sectors within the plans of each administration and their respective performance targets. Our assessment of the Nigerian economy …

The Gambia’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

For the Gambia, we look at the fake news ecosystem through the eyes of Sait Matty Jaw, who doubles as the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Policy Development and political science lecturer at the University of the Gambia. Sait’s Center for Research and Policy Development is a partner of CDD …

Nouveau numéro de West African Insight : Les médias en Afrique de l’Ouest

Ce numéro spécial s’intitule Media Matters In West Africa et explore les défis auxquels sont confrontés les médias dans la sous-région ouest-africaine, en proposant des recommandations sur la façon dont certains de ces défis peuvent être surmontés.   Mercy Abang ouvre ce numéro avec un article qui passe en revue les défis auxquels les publications …

Liberia’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

Fake news is spreading fast and wide in Liberia driven by increased access to the internet. This report provides an overview of the fake news ecosystem in Liberia by investigating — through key informant interviews and secondary research — how information is produced, shared and spread in the country. The report focuses on the key …

#AnambraDecides 2021: Post-election Report

Key Takeaway The Anambra governorship election experience is an indication of the difficulties that might affect the conduct of the 2023 general elections as insecurity spreads and deepens in most parts of the country. The failure of the current democratic dispensation to cater to citizens’ socio-economic wellbeing and safety, expectations that politicians with the biggest …

CDD Election Analysis Centre Preliminary Anambra Election Report

Key Talking Points Despite concerns over the heavy deployment of security agents, very few incidents of intimidation and violence have been reported defying the context of fear and uncertainty that preceded election day. Security agents were frequently absent at the commencement of accreditation in several pollings units, which likely heightened uncertainty among voters and officials. …

Did Chidozie Nwankwo the AAC candidate step down to support Valentine Ozigbo the PDP candidate?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: CDD came across news reports from championnews.com.ng, 247ureports.com, naijalumia.org and gistmaster.com with a claim that the candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) has stepped down from the governorship race to support the People Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate. FACT CHECK PROCESS: In order to authenticate this sensitive allegation, CDD fact-checkers reached out to …

CDD Sues for Peace Ahead of the November 6, 2021, Anambra State Governorship Election

Welcome remarks Gentlemen and women of the press. On behalf of the Centre for Democracy and Development, I welcome you to this Press Briefing on the 2021 Anambra State governorship election. Introduction In the past few months, the upcoming Anambra state elections have captured national discourse, mostly because of what it represents at this moment …

Anambra Election 2021: Low Voter-Turnout Expected Amid IPOB Fears

With the off-cycle Anambra elections scheduled to hold in a few days, the feasibility of the election has been the subject of widespread commentary. This uncertainty that has trailed discussions of the elections have been a result of the deteriorating security situation in the state. Two security situations with strong implications on the election include …

Women’s Political Representation: A review of frameworks and quotas in West Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) pursues the promotion of good governance, peace and security and free, fair and credible elections in member states through a combination of direct involvement and diplomacy. The Commission, with a mandate derived from the ECOWAS Treaty, has developed legal frameworks such as the Protocol Relating to the …

Weekly ECOWAS Region Updates – Cape Verde and Mali

Political Dynamics in Cape Verde Presidential elections: Opposition emerges winner Amidst the seeming resurgence of military involvement in politics in West Africa and the Sahel regions, Cabo Verde, a nation of multiple islands with a reputation for political stability held its presidential election on the 17th of October. Below are the candidates: Although the election …

Weekly ECOWAS Region Update – Burkina Faso

Political Dynamics in Burkina Faso Merger of Sankarist parties – UNIR/PS and MPS One of the major political events in Burkinabé political scene this October ending is the congress of a coalition of the Sankarist and progressive parties, embarked on by the Union pour la renaissance / Sankariste Party (UNIR / PS ) and the …

#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY: CDD ADVOCATES POLICE REFORM, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY

AFRICA’s leading pro-democracy, policy advocacy and research organisation, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the holistic reforms of the Nigeria Police Force, the nation’s leading law enforcement agency, before the expiration of his tenure of office, saying such would become an indelible legacy he would be bequeathing …

Amnesties In Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities

The use of amnesties for achieving peace and reconciliation in contexts of conflict is frequently controversial. For opponents, a central objection is that the application of amnesties is in conflict with human rights principles, which emphasise justice for the victims of conflict-based violence. By granting amnesty to perpetrators, opponents argue, victims are denied the opportunity …