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Title:Was the Nigerian 2015 presidential election a victory for Boko Haram or for democracy?
Author:Ewi, MartinISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Volume:24
Issue:2
Pages:207-231
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:presidential elections
2015
Islamic movements
terrorism
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2015.1051824
Abstract:The ousting of Dr Goodluck Jonathan marked the first time in Nigerian history that a member of the opposition unseated an incumbent in fair and peaceful elections. The smooth transition of power, uncharacteristic of Nigeria, was hailed by the international community as a victory. However, did Muhammadu Buhari win because Jonathan lost or did Jonathan lose because Buhari won? This article argues that Jonathan's growing unpopularity gave Buhari the win, and that Boko Haram played a major role in the president's sinking support. The 2015 presidential election was thus a win for both democracy and Boko Haram. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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