Past event

Research Event

Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria's Transition

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, Nigeria Project

Event documents

Transcript: Speech and Q&A
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General Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate, All Progressives Congress, Nigeria
Chair: Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO KStJ, British High Commissioner to Nigeria (2004-07)


The postponement of Nigeria’s fifth election since its return to civilian rule in 1999, together with fierce political competition, a security crisis and severe economic challenges linked to the drop in oil price, have thrown into sharp relief the challenges of conducting this essential process in such a complex environment. While there is widespread speculation as to the reasons for the delay, there is also widespread acknowledgment of the necessity that national elections do now take place as scheduled on 28 March.

General Muhammadu Buhari, former military ruler (1983-85) and now opposition presidential candidate, will discuss the importance of democracy for Africa’s future, and in particular why delivering dividends of elected government matters both to Nigeria and internationally. 

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available at 10:00 GMT on Thursday 26 February.

ASK A QUESTION: Send questions for the speaker by using #CHAfrica on Twitter. A selection will be put to him during the event.

Entry to this meeting is restricted to e-ticket holders only.