Electoral Violence and Nigeria’s 2007 Elections

Nigeria is looked upon by many both in Africa and outside to give leadership
in the best democratic practices. Unfortunately, since its independence in 1960,
its electoral process has been marred by violence, the most extreme of which,
until 2007, was the violence in the Western Region in 1965-1966, which ushered
in the first military coup in the country. This paper examines the issue of
electoral violence in the 2007 elections and concludes that it was the worst in
the country’s 47 years of electoral history. The reason is mainly that those who
perpetrate the violence are never punished. Instead, they are protected, and
their victims are denied justice. The solution, therefore, lies in enthroning the
rule of law, investigating and punishing tin gods, and mobilising citizens to
defend democracy, and insist that politicians, incumbent governments, and
electoral administrators play by the rules.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: consolidation of democracy, democratic election, democratisation, election violence, National Council of Nigeria and Cameroons (NCNC), Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), Northern People’s Congress (NPC), Western Regional House of Assembly