Editor’s Note: This piece was first published on Amb. Campbell’s blog, Africa in Transition, on the website of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Some short background videos on key issues in Nigeria:
Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria
CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell discusses the relations between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria. Campbell emphasizes that where religious divisions correspond to ethnic and economic differences, conflict often acquire a religious coloration.
Sounding the Alarm on Boko Haram
CFR’s John Campbell says deteriorating economic and social conditions in Northern Nigeria are behind the recurring upsurge in Boko Haram’s activity. Campbell cautions that the circumstances enabling Boko Haram to operate may be taken advantage of by Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups, though that has not happened yet.
Nigeria Elections May Challenge Country’s Stability
Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections will upset the country’s power sharing system. CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies cautions that campaign appeals to ethnicity and religion coupled with elections that lack credibility may destabilize the country.
Nigerian Civil Society Plays Crucial “Name and Shame” Role
CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies highlights examples of Nigerian civil society organizations. These organizations, Campbell says, have a significant “name and shame” role to play in impelling the country towards democracy.
Niger Delta Insurrection Threatens Nigeria’s Stability
CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell discusses the importance of Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta to U.S. interests and highlights the need for a political solution.