Video Duration 24 minutes 45 seconds
From: Inside Story

Has Nigeria benefitted from democracy?

It’s been more than 20 years since Nigeria transitioned to civilian rule but millions are still struggling.

Nigeria is rich in resources. It’s got Africa’s biggest population. And it’s enjoyed democracy since 1999.

But it is facing numerous challenges that are threatening to derail much of the progress it’s made since that time.

Mass kidnappings, attacks by armed groups and criminal gangs, corruption and lack of jobs have angered many.

Widespread protests last year against an anti-robbery police unit led to the killing of protesters.

Nigerians are now calling on the government of Muhammadu Buhari to do more to improve their lives.

But officials have responded by banning Twitter – which led to more protests on Saturday.

So, where does Nigeria go from here?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Mike Ejiofor – former director of Nigeria’s State Security Service

Amaka Anku – head of Africa Practice at Eurasia Group

Aliyu Musa – political analyst