The 2011 elections in northern Nigeria post-electoral violence

A reflection on the similarities with the 2015 election scenario

The April 2011 elections were considered to be one of Nigeria’s fairest polls; they were also among the bloodiest in the country’s history. In 2013, the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme conducted research on the post-electoral violence in northern Nigeria that accompanied the announcement of the 2011 presidential election results. We issued a policy brief detailing the key causes, lessons learned and policy implications. We also suggested recommendations to key actors to prevent future re-occurrence. Fast forward to 2015 and the scenario looks similar with the same set of actors. But is Nigeria still vulnerable to the post-electoral violence as experienced in 2011? Has anything changed in the polity? This policy brief reflects on the similarities between the 2011 election and the 2015 election scenario.