January 6, 2015
J. Peter Pham on the upcoming general elections in Nigeria and the threat of Boko Haram:
Pham on General Elections in Nigeria
“Nigerians have a commitment to democracy, they want to vote,” said Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. “But the question’s going to be whether people will stick their necks out with the danger that the person behind you might be a suicide bomber.”
Pham has observed every democratic election Nigeria has ever held, in partnership with other observers from NGOs and agencies around the world. He said that unrest is common, but this year he is worried about the military’s ability to control riots as well as the threat from Boko Haram.