The Nigeria Working Group invites you to attend a briefing today on the relationship between the upcoming Nigerian elections and regional conflict in the country.
Nigerian Elections and Regional Conflict
January 22nd, 2pm-3:30pm
As Nigerian elections draw near, the two main candidates- Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar - have publicly committed to peaceful elections. However, the elections are still a concern for many civil society groups, who worry that party messaging, disenfranchisement of Internally Displaced Persons, and public dissatisfaction with the government's response to conflict will lead to violence. Whatever the outcomes of the federal elections in February and state elections in March, Nigeria will still be faced with ongoing internal conflict issues, such as Boko Haram violence in the northeast and farmer-herder conflict in the Middle Belt. Join civil society groups as they share their insights on key threats to peace in the lead-up and after the election and how the US can engage now to prevent the intensification of pre-existing conflict dynamics.
Charles Kwuelum, Mennonite Central Committee
Ferdaouis Bagga, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations
Mike Jobbins, Search for Common Ground
We look forward to seeing you this afternoon!