Nigeria’s Recent Presidential Election Raises Some Concerns
Bola Tinubu won Nigeria’s February 25 presidential election. He was the candidate of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All-Progressive Congress. He was sworn in on May 29; however, his election was not without controversy. Some think that the judges dismissed objections to Tinubu’s lack of legitimate educational certificates and his US criminal record. Critics say that both factors should have disqualified him Constitutionally and should have been addressed before the election.
Tinubu was the governor of Lagos State from 1999-2007 where he initiated reforms. His vision for Nigeria is to recruit more soldiers and police officers and equip them well to confront and fight Jihadists and armed gangs. Kidnappings for ransoms plague the country. Spreading insecurity is a major concern for both Nigerians and foreign investors. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous state, and this year marks nearly a quarter century of democracy. Can the nation counter the controversies that have ensued after Tinubu’s election? Can Tinubu deliver on the reforms he is promising?