Nigeria’s Presidential Election Presents Opportunities For Development, Groups Say

Devex: What development groups want from Nigeria’s election
“Presidential elections will be held in Nigeria on Feb. 16, with incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party as the frontrunners. International development organizations believe much is at stake in this election, more so than in previous years. Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, interim representative for the United Nations Population Fund in Nigeria, said the country finds itself with a window of opportunity to capitalize on the demographic dividend that started in the early 2000s, with its working-age population currently larger than its nonworking-age population. But that window of opportunity will close around 2035, he suggested, meaning Nigeria must put the resources and investment in the right places now…” (Adepoju, 2/12).

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