Muhammadu Bahari: The Leader Nigeria Needs—And Needs to Watch

A former military dictator with a putrid human rights record is the future of Africa’s most powerful democracy. This is the enigma that is Nigeria’s new president, Muahmmadu Bahari. In this time of crisis, however, he is just the man the West African country needs. Corruption is rampant, the economy is struggling, and perhaps most importantly, the Nigerian-born Boko Haram poses the greatest threat to regional stability that West Africa has seen in years. The now former president, Goodluck Jonathan, failed to remedy these issues and, in some ways, exacerbated…

Echoes of Liberia: The Need for ECOWAS in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to the African continent’s largest economy, largest population and most famous Islamic militant organization. Boko Haram has systematically terrorized villages and taken control of small cities in northern Nigeria almost completely unencumbered. The group intends to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Thus far, it has been wildly successful. It is the tale of two Nigerias: northern Nigeria, a predominantly Muslim region inhabited mostly by ethnic Hausas, and southern Nigeria, a predominantly Christian region inhabited mostly by ethnic Yoruba and Igbos. Perhaps the sharpest difference…