Nigeria has made significant improvements in the competitiveness and quality of national elections in recent years, though political corruption remains endemic. Security challenges, including the ongoing insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group, as well as communal and sectarian violence in the restive Middle Belt region, threaten the human rights of millions of Nigerians.
Countries in the Spotlight
Freedom in the World Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Nigeria, the year’s elections were marred by serious irregularities and widespread intimidation of voters, poll workers, and journalists, marking a decline from the 2015 elections. View the full report to learn about the other Countries in the Spotlight.
Freedom on the Net— Nigeria Country Report
Nigeria is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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