• http://www.blogger.com/profile/07430391562374233505 Meaghan Parker
    Perhaps now that Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a Nigerian, has been named head of UNFPA the country's population dynamics–in both the North and the South– will receive more global attention. He is a former Minister of Health for the country and currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the African Spokesperson for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    CFR's John Campbell, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, argues in a new book, "Dancing on the Brink," that the international community must support Nigerian democratic institutions as much as possible. He also warns that the United States in particular must be careful to avoid being perceived as too supportive of the Abuja government.

    Via CFR: "Nigeria, the United States’ most important strategic partner in West Africa, is in trouble. While Nigerians often claim they are masters of dancing on the brink without falling off, the recent vacuum in government authority, the upcoming 2011 elections, and escalating violence in the delta and the north may finally provide the impetus that pushes it into the abyss of state failure."
  • http://www.populationaction.org Elizabeth Leahy Madsen
    Great pair of posts, Schuyler. It's worth mentioning that Nigeria's high fertility and rapid population growth are driven in part by the fact that only 10 percent of married women are using an effective contraceptive method. Twice as many would like to prevent pregnancy, but are not using contraception.

    Nigeria has a new president and elections next year. I'd be interested in pre- or post-election analysis of the government's capacity to address some of the major socioeconomic and development challenges you've highlighted.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    Thanks for the stats Elizabeth, very useful stuff. I too would be interested in some more in-depth analysis of the election.

    Deidre Lapin noted in her interview (skip to the 14:35 mark to hear it) that she does not expect this next election to bring the kind of "sea-change" that is really needed in the government.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648727700659999180 Schuyler Null
    Update: From the Associated Press: The Nigerian federal government has responded to the recent rash of new attacks in the Delta by raiding three militant camps and announcing the addition of more than 6,000 militants, who missed the previous deadline, to the amnesty program.
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