Nigeria 'At Risk of Being Failed State'

This year has been tough for Nigerians, in particular the kidnapping of over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, the #EndSARS protests and violence, and the country falling into recession. This has prompted renewed discussions around whether Nigeria is at risk of becoming a failed state. Some reports on Nigeria as a failed state go back to 2007 when the International Crisis Group recommended that the government "create a more conducive environment to resolve its many internal conflicts and strengthen its credentials as a leading peacemaker". The organisation, which draws attention to situations in order to prevent deadly conflict, said that instead the April 2007 elections "generated serious new problems that may be pushing it further towards the status of a failed state". Now the UK-based newspaper Financial Times has published an editorial describing Nigeria as "going backward economically and plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping" - risking a fall to the status of failed state "if things don't take a drastic turn".



  • Nigeria - Failed Elections, Failing State?

    International Crisis Group
    Publication Date:
    30 May 2007

    Nigeria's democracy is in crisis. The April 2007 elections were supposed to move the country to a higher rung on the democratisation ladder, create a ... see more »


Young people assemble at the Lekki Toll gate in Lagos Nigeria.

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