The 2023 Nigerian general election is critical for many Nigerians, especially considering the current economic, social, and political crises. Most Nigerians see the upcoming elections as an opportunity to elect leaders that will tackle current national issues such as fuel scarcity, insecurity, high unemployment and inflation. Recently concluded elections in Osun and Ekiti provide insights on issues that will likely characterize the 2023 national elections.
In an effort to improve the situation of trade on the continent, the African Union introduced a free trade agreement called the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement. One of the most ambitious trade deals in history, the agreement was signed on 21 March 2018 and entered into force on 30 May 2019. It aims to create a single continental market which would unite the continent and complement existing regional economic communities and trade agreements in Africa.
The Electoral Act 2022 seeks to update and standardize Nigeria’s elections. The introduction of technological changes such as an electronic database of registered voters and an electronic transmission system of votes is a welcome improvement. Restricting political appointees' involvement in the election process is also a step in the right direction. However, there is a fundamental issue with the new act — its endorsement of the indirect primary process.