The forthcoming national elections in Nigeria, scheduled for 16 February 2019, will see voting take place across all 36 federal member states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in contests for the presidency and National Assembly and with elections for governorships and State Assembly positions set to follow two weeks later in most states.
Regardless of local or national ambitions of politicians, however, Nigerians are confronted by a series of common challenges: whether the high unemployment rate among the rapidly growing young population, a recovering economy burdened by corruption and external debt or persistent and wide-ranging security concerns.
There is also a common opportunity before them – of a diversified and developed economy. Nigeria’s long-term outlook will ultimately depend upon the ability of leaders to deliver substantive and sustainable progress far beyond the election campaigns.
At this event, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili discusses the challenges that Nigeria faces, her views on overcoming hurdles in governance to addressing these challenges and will reflect upon the priorities for reform in search of a more inclusive and prosperous society.
Dr Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, Presidential Candidate, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria
Chair: Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton DBE, Director, Coram International