Shock Value

Shock Value

The Nigerian economy, like any other, experiences “shocks”— events or policy decisions that can send a ripple of changes through the system. This column zooms in on these ripples in a range of sectors to explore how and why these shocks matter.

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Red Card to the Rescue

Ebehi Iyoha

Ebehi Iyoha

Ebehi is an avid reader seeking insights in unexpected places. Her research interests include economic development, political economy and trade.

This is a long-form and in-depth article.

 

It all started with the Twitter hashtag #RedCardToAPCAndPDP. Spearheaded by Oby Ezekwesili, the Red Card Movement (RCM) has a single objective: to end "the persistent and cyclical problem of bad leadership in politics and governance in Nigeria". So far, the movement has focused on encouraging Nigerians to register for their Permanent Voter's Cards (PVCs), but the group ultimately plans to stimulate national discourse on good governance and demand accountability from public officials after elections.  Although RCM has positioned itself as a pressure group rather than a political party, we need to examine the impetus for its existence and its eventual impact.

Is it a grassroots movement, a political ploy or merely irrelevant?

 

An Antidote to Apathy

The historic 2015 Presidential Elections, the first time an opposition party wrested the Presidency from the PDP since the return to civilian rule in 1999, also had the lowest voter turnout of the last five elections. Of 67 million Nigerians registered to vote, just 44% cast a ballot. And as not everyone eligible to vote registered, only 32% of the voting age population actually voted. It was no surprise though; voter participation has been declining since 2003.

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