Aftermath of a Boko Haram attack in the capital Abuja (photo:dpa)

Challenges Nigeria must face if it is to become ‘a great power’

Nigeria’s location and its oil wealth have put it at the forefront of the global energy market. But in spite of its growing economy, large swathes of the population remain poor. Widespread corruption, religious and ethnic divisions, and security challenges, particularly from terrorist groups in the north, threaten to destabilise the country, hold back economic growth and benefit organised criminal gangs.

<i>Nigeria is Africa’s second largest economy. It could overtake South Africa economically in the near future because of its huge, expanding market and wealth of natural resources. It is the most populous country in Africa and is strategically located on the Gulf of Guinea - a ...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Nigeria is not living up to its potential because of chronic insecurity and widespread corruption
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