What the election delay really means for Nigerian aid

The people in the fishing village of Orimedu have benefitted from World Bank-funded Fadama II project in Nigeria. The international financial institution is one of the biggest donors of the country. Photo by: Arne Hoel / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

A week before Nigeria was supposed to hold presidential and legislative elections, the country’s electoral commission announced that it will be postponing them by six weeks to March 28 — and Abuja’s top development partners were quick to voice their concerns.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond argued the delay is uncalled for. Nigeria’s security situation, while still an uphill battle, he said “should not be used as a reason to deny the Nigerian people from exercising their democratic right.”

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.