Background Reports on Nigeria Available
In the wake of Nigeria’s elections this past weekend, Freedom House is providing background information on the state of political rights and civil liberties in the country.
The elections would have marked Nigeria’s first major democratic transition since its independence. However, voting was marred by a number of irregularities that call into question the landslide election results favoring Umaru Yar'Adua, the ruling party’s candidate.
Nigeria ranks as Partly Free in the 2007 edition of Freedom in the World. The country received a rating of 4 (on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the lowest) for political rights and a 4 for civil liberties.
Freedom House, an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, has been monitoring political rights and civil liberties in Nigeria since 1972.
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