Good Luck, Jonathan

The Problem With Democracy in Nigeria

John Campbell
A campaign banner in support of President Goodluck Jonathan next to a banner in support of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo, Lagos January 21, 2015.
A campaign banner in support of President Goodluck Jonathan next to a banner in support of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo, Lagos January 21, 2015. (Akintunde Akinleye / Courtesy Reuters)
Americans tend to think of elections as the apex of democracy. But in some cases they are the opposite. In countries with weak democratic cultures and lax rule of law, elections can be destabilizing. Nigeria, which will hold elections next month, is a case in point.
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