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A picture of a container truck on a ruined road of the Apapa Port Complex in Lagos, Nigeria

Leadership Challenges 2020: Why Nigeria’s development remains stunted

Nigeria is a federation by necessity, given its size and very high ethnic and geographic diversity. To keep the country in one piece, the system is centralized and uses a matrix of quotas to try to keep all groups and regions together. This design, however, combined with overall poor leadership, tends to impede the development of the country, which is experiencing demographic growth and economic stagnation.

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