Nigeria - a failed state?
With the latest killings is Nigeria heading towards internal chaos?
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2010 11:13 GMT

The Nigerian vice-president has chaired his first cabinet meeting, a day after parliament installed him as acting head of state in the absence of the country's ailing president.

Goodluck Jonathan assumed full presidential powers late on Tuesday to fill a power vacuum left by Umaru Yar'Adua, who has been in receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia for a heart condition.

This has taken place at a time of mounting sectarian tension and evidence of systematic extra-judicial killings by security forces in a country plagued by corruption so endemic and monumental it is hard to separate it from state policy.

But some are resisting the transfer of presidential power and now a looming constitutional crisis joins the country's other woes.

Is constitutional federalism along the lines of Nigeria's multitude of ethnic groups the solution? Is Nigeria on its way to being a failed state?

Inside Story discusses with guests: Buba Misawa, an associate professor of political science, Musa Aliyu from the Desmond Tutu centre for war and peace studies, and Mohammed Bolori, the former government chairman in Borno state.

This edition of Inside Story aired from Thursday, February 11, 2010.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.