Nigeria’s Politics Is Full Of Old Men – Thomas-Greenfield

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The United States has described Nigeria’s politics as a club for old men.

A US Diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said this on Tuesday while speaking at ’20 Years of Democracy: a Retrospect’.

The program was organized by National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in partnership with Ford Foundation and YIAGA Africa.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Linda Thomas-Greenfield

She said, “Nigeria’s politics is an old men’s club. There is also a gentleman’s agreement to rotate power between the north and the south.”

Thomas-Greenfield was the assistant secretary of the State for African Affairs between 2013 to 2017.

She warned that the 2023 election will be challenging.

“The next election will be a challenging one because of a gentleman’s agreement to rotate power”.

Thomas-Greenfield said Nigeria’s democracy is laced with violence.

“Nigeria made a huge step backwards to violence in 2019,” she said.

“I read that 30 people lost their lives to electoral violence but I think it would be higher than that.”

She said the cost of conducting an election in Nigeria is huge because there is no structure for contestants to get donations from the people.

The Diplomat said the government sometimes influence the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


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