In recent months
Maiduguri, the city upon which Boko Haram-related terrorism is concentrated, sees almost daily shootings and assassinations. Unfortunately for President
Also unfortunately for President Jonathan, security and especially how he deals with the problem of terrorism are being seen as a key test of his credibility as leader of
The president has opportunities to do this and at the same time tackle the problems of corruption and criminality. Given
The first of these opportunities is improving and expanding
The second battle worth expending political capital on is the removal of
The idea behind the subsidy - to keep fuel cheap at the point of sale to the ordinary consumer, regardless of location in the country - makes sense: without an adequately functioning power sector, people rely on generators and access to fuel. But more government money is spent on subsidising fuel importation and distribution than is spent on health and education. Over
However, news in
Added to current security concerns, widespread violent protest could overstretch
The third transformative step that needs to be completed - and for which, if successful,
While crucial, successful delivery on the issues mentioned above is far from guaranteed. There are powerful parties with vested interests for whom such extreme changes are unwelcome. The president will need to protect key members of his team, such as the Central Bank Governor and Ministers of
So policymakers and observers in and outside
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