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Elections, Boko Haram and Security: Assessing and Addressing Nigeria's Complex Challenges

9 December 2014 - 09:30 to 12:00

Chatham House, London


Professor Mohammad J Kuna, Special Assistant to Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 
Dr Oliver Owen, Junior Research Fellow, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Zainab Usman, Research Assistant, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Elizabeth Rushing, West Africa Regional Analyst, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Sola Tayo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Nigeria faces multiple challenges, ranging from the increasingly entrenched conflict and terrorist threat from Boko Haram in the northeast, to economic impacts of declining oil prices. Added to this, what may be the country’s most competitive and contentious elections yet will take place in February 2015, with recent violence at the national assembly a possible sign of things to come. 

This event will discuss Nigeria’s upcoming elections, the influence different factors and actors may have on the process, with particular focus on security, and the opportunities for supporting a peaceful and credible process. 

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available at 09:30 GMT on Tuesday 9 December.