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Nigeria’s Political Cynicism Is Making its Problems Worse

Here's a piece I co-authored with Brian Klaas in the Globe and Mail, about Goodluck Jonathan's lacklustre fight against Boko Haram, which might cost him the presidency. 

Nigerians go to the polls Saturday to decide whether President Goodluck Jonathan deserves re-election. The vote may be disrupted by violence, as Boko Haram has warned of attacks.

In 2014, the radical Islamist militia killed almost 10,000 people in Nigeria, mirroring the Islamic State’s toll in Syria and Iraq. In January, they added to that macabre tally by burning the town of Baga to the ground, with reported casualties ranging from several hundred to upward of 2,000.

Shockingly, it appears that Boko Haram’s ability to execute grisly massacres is something that incumbent Mr. Jonathan has been exploiting for political gain. It is a strategy that may now backfire and cost him re-election.