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Nigeria’s precedent for peaceful democracy

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan (L) and his election opponent Muhammadu Buhari pose after signing a peace accord in Abuja just days before the March 28 election.

A healthy democracy relies heavily on private watchdogs – either civic groups or journalists – to keep a check on voter fraud, campaign lies, or the undue influence of money. In the run-up to a March 28-29 election, Nigeria decided to create a new type of democracy protector: the peace committee.

The panel consisted of esteemed clergy, businesspeople, international statesmen, and a former head of state, all of whom worked as activists for peace to end Nigeria’s history of electoral violence.   Continue reading