Editorial

Editorial

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

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2019 from the Cynics

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

The year is 2019. Elections typically divide the nation across different fault lines. Governance gives way to campaigning and investors are uncertain over the fate of the Central Bank of Nigeria leadership. Across the nation, actions or inactions, are shaping lives, and by extension a generation that is on the cusp of determining its fate—for better or worse.

This is a Stears special feature aptly named ‘2019 from the Cynics’. This is where we identify worst-case scenarios in Nigeria and explore their fallout over the year. 

It is worth looking back to see how we did in the last year. We were right to worry about the state of President Buhari's cabinet as key ministers became embroiled in scandals during the year and the Minister of Finance stepped down in September 2018. We were also spot on about a financial market collapse although the cause was external. Meanwhile, Nigeria was able to avoid another recession and even further delay the fuel subsidy issue, and President Buhari did not leave ECOWAS—instead, he assumed the chairmanship of the regional bloc. Looking at out most high-profile scenario, Fayose did not win the PDP ticket; that victory went to Atiku.

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