Inside Story

Why is Nigeria postponing its general election?

Authorities push back presidential and legislative election to March 28, over security threat posed by Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s opposition parties have slammed a decision to postpone the February 14 general election, calling it “a setback for democracy”.

The electoral commission said it was postponing the vote by six weeks citing the security threat posed by the armed group Boko Haram.

Supporters of the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, have backed the decision, but officials and residents in the restive Borno state say the vote should go ahead as planned.

Can security be sorted out in just six weeks? And what will the decision mean for an already volatile political environment?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Manji Cheto – Vice-President of the global advisory firm Teneo Intelligence, and risk analyst on the political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Femi Fani-Kayode – Spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign.

Kayode Ogundamisi – Host of a UK-based political show, and member of the media and publicity committee for Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign.