Monday, December 15, 2008

Forum on Violence and Political Malpractice in Nigeria at SOAS coming up..

Friday 19th December
12.30 -14 pm
The recent violence in Jos, in which up to 400 people died after a period in which Nigeria has been mercifully free of major incidents of communal conflict, has been a disturbing wake-up call.

The incidents which led to the deaths of up to 400 people defy simple characterisation as 'ethnic' or 'religious' violence, and point us towards pressing issues of electoral conduct, political violence, social conditions, governance and constitutionalism which the government of President Yar'Adua needs to address with credible long-term policy initiatives.

This participatory meeting will explore the root causes and responses to the violence, and consider the roles that stakeholders, both internal and external, can play in helping to ensure that such incidents do not recur. Presentations will be brief in order to maximise room for input and debate.

Speakers include:
Dr. Abdul Raufu Mustapha
Lecturer in African Politics (Oxford University)

Ms. Alice Ukoko
Founder and CEO (Women of Africa)

Mr. Adam Higazi
PhD candidate, (Oxford University)

Mark Ashurst
Director (Africa Research Institute)

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Room G50, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square WC1

Refreshments will be provided

Please RSVP to Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 7775


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