Nigerian Elections

March 02, 1999

Nigerian president-elect Olusegun Obansajo, a former general in the Nigerian military, urged his defeated rival, former finance minister Olu Falae, to accept the outcome of a disputed weekend election and join him to revive the West African nation.

Falao said he plans to challenge the results in court, and has also called for the establishment of a government of national unity drawn from all of Nigeria’s three political parties.

Today, a look at what these elections may mean for the future of Africa’s most populous nation–and especially for the population of the troubled oil-producing region, the Niger Delta.


  • Salih Booker, Senior Africa Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations.

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