The Stream

Nigeria Votes: Will Buhari win a second term?

We ask Nigerian journalists what to watch for as crunch election approaches.

Nigerians head to the polls on February 16 to vote for their next president. Incumbent Muhammadu Buhari faces more than 70 challengers – chief among them, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari was elected to office in 2015, riding a wave of hope that he and his All Progressives Congress party (APC) could equalise Nigerian society and effectively fight the Boko Haram armed group. Millions of Nigerians, though, remain unemployed and Buhari has come under fire for suspending the country’s chief justice just three weeks ahead of the election – a move that prompted the PDP to halt its campaign for 72 hours in protest.

The Stream hosts a panel of Nigerian journalists to unpack the latest news about the election and examine the major issues affecting the campaigns.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Aliyu Mustapha @VOANews
Managing Editor, Voice Of America

Mercy Abang @AbangMercy
Journalist, Newswire

Yomi Kazeem @TheYomiKazeem
Journalist, Quartz Africa

Read more:
Nigeria female candidate Oby Ezekwesili quits presidential race – Al Jazeera
Buhari failed to fix Nigeria’s economy. But he may still have the edge – News24
We have fresh evidence of corruption against Atiku, says FG – The Punch Nigeria

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