Past event

Research Event

Nigeria's 2011 Elections: Reflections on the process and prospects for Nigeria

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, Nigeria Project


Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change and former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Pastor Tunde Bakare, Founder, International Centre for Reconstruction and Development, Nigeria


Nigeria's April 2011 elections marked a watershed moment for the country. The process has been widely recognized as the most credible that Nigeria has undergone since its return to civilian rule in 1999. However, the process was not without its flaws, and the elections were marred by irregularities in some areas and violent clashes before, during and after the elections.

At this event, presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change party, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, and his running mate Pastor Tunde Bakare will discuss their observations of the 2011 elections and their thoughts on what the outcome means for Nigeria going forward.