tv The Stream 2019 Ep 17 Al Jazeera January 29, 2019 10:32pm-11:00pm +03
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for me ok i really could be here in this stream today will nigeria's mohamedou heidi win a second term as president we also nigerian journalists what to watch out for ahead of next month's elections do you have questions for them leave your comments in the you tube chat we will do our best to fit in the n.t. today's conversation. and. nigerians head to the polls on february sixteenth to vote for their next president and national assembly incumbent lama do bihari faces more than seventy challenges chief among them former vice president abu bakar of the main opposition people's democratic party. bihari was elected to office in two thousand and fifteen riding
a wave of hope that he and his all progressives congress party could equalize nigerian society and effectively fight the armed group millions of nigerians though remain unemployed has come under fire for suspending the country's chief justice just three weeks ahead of the election a move that prompted the opposition to halt its campaign for seventy two hours in protest with us now to discuss the election and some of the major issues affecting the campaigns we have journalists missing a bank of news wires chains based in a in lagos he has seen who reports for courts africa and i live in the stuff is the managing editor of america's house of service good to having all his generous welcome everybody i want to recreate a moment that i had just a couple of weeks ago so i looked up the independent national electoral commission the final list of presidential candidates and i said as i started to scroll down.
look at how many people in contention and i scrolled and scrolled and scold and scold and i won't keep scrolling we have. there's a lot of girly in there you and i apparently are not the only one surprised i want to share this tweet we got from al harry who says i'm really surprised to hear seventy people are contesting nigeria's presidency i've heard and seen six candidates their campaign posters around but only two seem to actually be campaigning i know only five political parties with their logos i have no idea what the others are or what their logos look like so merci give us some context here seventy plus people is that unusual for nigeria selections. i don't think it's unusual frankly but this is a horse race election we have to be very realistic about. it is between the p.d.p. and. in terms of the numbers in terms of your popularity and in terms of the gatt your reach across the seven hundred seventy four local government in nigeria that's
what it is about i mean it's good for people to be hope to have aspirations to want to govern this country to decide about the artist of this country as it is today this is an election between the a.p.c. and the p.d.p. it's not an election it's like we was raised or an election where you or your between five major contenders is it to austria electrons in nigeria for two thousand and ninety but. i mean early on thinking this is a country one hundred and eighty and merely an citizens many of whom are loud to vote how can it be a two horse race what are the other candidates actually so no we have a chance where you know this is this is typically the most democracies actually are most places where elections like this take place it's usually a two way race here in the united states as we know. nigerians are natural politicians they love politics this is about politics so everybody wants to be part
of it they really want a piece of the cake and so it shouldn't be surprising that up to seventy second to be elected by the end of the day they're all going to make into this two political parties and they want back and a peaceful people. so from someone online i am most voters don't even recognize all of these candidates some of them will be better off in the house and the senate also they don't have grassroots structures to enable them to win an election most of them won't even own their own polling unit so one skeptical take there but i wanted to share this otherwise i'll give this one to you the same person says truth be told we only have two or three presidential candidates others are just there to improve their c.v. resume and make up the numbers pm b. which for our non nigerian audience is the abbreviation you'll see online for president president hadi i am not says he has seventy five percent chance of being elected so there's some surety there what's your take here why is it that people
feel so sure that there's really only two candidates. because that's that's a reflection of the reality even though every election cycle we seem to be caught up between choosing between the idealism of once in a different sort of political leaders and the reality of accepting that you know only candidates from the dominant party stand a chance of winning so it's a real reflection of the reality there's some school of thought that's just that a lot of these people who are aiming for the presidency probably better off any for you know legislative positions in the national assembly the senate or the house of reps or maybe even a need for governorship positions for the down the line as opposed to shooting straight for the presidency different people think different things as regards this but it's mainly a reflection of the at the rallies being honest there are two dominant parties. we can chase idealism a once in a different sort of political but obviously running for president has to accept that that really comes down to nineteen maybe in the next election cycle you know
acquire a lot of work over three four five election cycles before they are strong enough you see to have any realistic chance of winning you know the interesting part of this in a condition as the similarity between the two major candidates. both i know the newest one in the military. world. but no nigerian politics as you're saying is we have actual cots for both of these candidates so let's put them side by side because you are saying that there are so many similarities so i will stop one of the. i just said to make you laugh about. them right there and i also would enjoy. this and you know i'm not too far from them so i was just really have that kind of thing that they have the but i'm. split in the votes right now regionally both of them i know there's like i said they count one is from the north was the other from the no there's some part of the country and both of
them i for one all of that i mean that's how we generally we talk if we're talking we've been in the northern part of nigeria it is it can be anywhere any way but when you split it among nigerians generally you know yes it's almost reported that i had has an issue because he's the incumbent president but this is the next election that can go either way. talked about the experience of the candidates al you described it as a way to see. the experience of things candidate seniority of the candidate but there were young people also in contention and that's unusual for a nigerian election correct yes sam i think frankly in a multi-party democracy you would expect a lot of people to act and to want to govern at some point but the young people that awful thing trying to get into the office of the president
what did the election i think that we have seen what do all that people are doing and will realise that we are more even more competent that the argument than what we think they have gone through so fairly it. is a conversation between competent for a generation of the all that are there all that. they need or that all the political elites everywhere and the younger people that some of them think they've been able to manage businesses and have been able to manage young people at different stages and go out and be a career than to feel they have the competence to govern this country much better than. the president. i think people online at least in our stream audience agree with you michael says for the first time in our history as a country we're having so many young aspirants failing to become president it's a new wave they're all capable and able hands with incredible record so there's
there might be skepticism on that from some other people and how incredible those records are but young people this is a talking point also female candidates i want to direct your attention to this. was in the race and she's a prominent candidate who was backing the bring back our girls campaign she dropped out not too long ago and our audience is talking about. one person says this is a good decision to have a formidable opposition to unseat the incan come bent though it does weaken and betray the position of women in terms of leadership you know me i want to give this one to you and this person is tweeting about that because one of the reasons that she dropped out is because she said she wanted to create a strong and viable coalition to defeat the incumbent would you make about. before we talk about the possibility of a correlation you know just a touch on the part of the tweet saying if we can see the sort of woman in park.
some people seem to draw or or if you know of is a christian you dropping out is a blow to women in politics but to be honest you know if we start men but their standards. haven't you know politicians that. possibility is concerned you truly feel that it's a little too late elections only three weeks ago they really a.b.c.'s of. coalition two thousand and thirteen but that question happened a full two years before the last elections even what it happens right now. and it likely for them as to be having only three weeks for the election right and very little time to live to organize to mobilize and it's on it's pretty much areas so let's put that stat one more time because i know that you spoke to the president of nigeria last year. what challenges.
caricature on the women part first before we go to that when clearly into whatever you want you know three things that militate against women candidates in nigeria when is lack of resources to islam lack of good fathers and third which is the biggest one is. that if they have something that i also got for the reason you have to have a big gunfight a big guy behind you to have lots of money would empower by the most important ingredient that is militating against women is a lack of mutual support to each other that women don't seem to support women in nigeria political culture for all around you need to give us an example where every day every every time you see a big politician or a rally most of the people behind the guy would be women but if there is a woman candidate moving around with people behind the men easy but to the issue of . ok but i think you want to say thank you but. i don't agree that i don't agree with. this. process in nigeria in fanning the
political elites have found a way to appropriate the question of justice them to women and i said this because when you look at the major political parties they have a position called a women leader what does that mean why don't they have a men and you're looking at positions about nine percent eleven twelve positions one is a sense of just one woman and the qualities a woman leader and i always try to x. myself what does that mean if we're going to ensure our some level of equality put you duty for both men and women that it will start with the political parties let's look at your money money first to let's look at. open offices why should a political party with about nineteen to eighteen offices not sign its credit typically good numbers six nine ten eleven and ensure that women are also actively participating in the process rather than just saying oh well we have one position
for you guys it's called women leaders and did it come things that bring women to just come and dance and that segues the left over us and get to work so i feel like it has to be a point sharp and a deliberate effort that he's led and driven by this potential to go practice with an ideology we got on the stand and that women and men can actually help to move this democracy from one point to another rather that. oh well we're going to do you guys when you want what we can offer you and that i should be. ok i think that what i let me come back to the question i asked about having his main mission of the movement to sneak into the three basic compare agenda that he had back in twenty fifteen fighting boko haram fighting corruption and the economy but he still has challenges and also three of them. really has been you understand about what i do
and you know in your in your interview with him and he was actually quite upbeat about how much progress has been made let's have a little listen to that and to have that. when we came in for four to five. at least seven or eight to look at it go months in the northeast and now you can check for people that the book is not holding in the field who can go month. so that. has a less of a halt than it had before i present high was in power absolutely and that is true if you were to the north this had been committed. when i was hot and i was going to some part of nigeria and that's in the border town between now you're a new jersey chemical and a country that had devastated by the boko haram insurgency but life has returned to normal basically but they still managed to you know run around and attack
especially military installations and things like that so and like the president said using young girls to just they just i think suicide bombings and things like that so that part is. the economy now has refused to but it still remains at one dollar three hundred sixty nine which it was it was less when you first got into office so and with corruption is where you have he's having his toughest fight you got we got three we got three. cardinal and corruption right count right. if i may jump in yeah yeah me go ahead and then i'll come after you because that was exactly the three things that everyone online is saying focus on me right i mean does it in three main issues they haven't changed it was the same in twenty fifteen however the dynamic changed. a majority of the people in twenty fifth possibly worried a lot more about insecurity and corruption more than they did the economy well
right now that dynamic has changed a lot of people are worried about the economy because. still make great reading for example niger is not the province a couple of the world unemployment has more than doubled on that this administration and it's not to say that people aren't worried about the security of course it's a big worry and the dynamics of it have also changed but almost a big threat twenty fifteen now have actually changed that much so i just got a big. you got your story conflicts in the middle of the country and those have been sent. it's what you regard as appropriate response from the government so i do it with others of the three main issues but in terms of what people care about the most also the economy is definitely on top insecurity has also changed that's why and i like lee said carson is a problem and that's the president's big tagline and to corruption the fact that he hasn't scored a runaway success in that field that's that's telling me so i want to share this
just one second i want to share this because we just got this live on you tube peters says i think i'll go back i will defeat bihari on february sixteenth because bill harley has woefully failed to fulfill the yawning aspirations of nigerians and one of those some community members are saying as we've all heard already is about the economy so i want to play this video comment we thought from simon a table he's the publisher of today's news africa space here in d.c. and here's what he said you know less than three weeks nigerians go to the polls to elect a new president and to me one of the key issues you see unemployment more than twenty two percent of nigerian unemployed that makes more than twenty million and yet who cannot find work and there's an astronomical number been exposed and we have to fix unemployment both at the economy and and then show that corruption is really for. so mercy it we saw on that fact card earlier about the opposition member former
vice president of a backer he's also an entrepreneur he's a businessman and so worries about the economy do you think that those will be reasons that some may vote for him. i think between the economy. include charity and put this to an issue the major candidates have been putting that agenda forward but more importantly this election is about the first time voters from one thousand nine hundred ninety six new young people are going from young people are going to be voting for the first day and of this number we have about forty three million young people in the in the in the registered. ballots according to the independent national electoral commission and of this number about twenty two million i don't people first time put that so it's going to be an election where young people are saying to themselves we had fifty
three million extremely poor people. who is putting out the economy issues for and why does the white of the economy matter yet another agreement from another point of view that well if we don't fight corruption corruption graham nigeria there and that is where the incumbent president says that he is fighting corruption and he wants to come back and keep fighting corruption and. i can't say that this economy needs to be fixed and you have to be fixed now i can talk to depend on it pretty much look depends on who lot of people will look into one night and if you are at that base inside again speak in the northern part of nigeria with the interim president has said and you invite your me read me pointed out that i'm prepared to have changed and there's been an upsurge back in the not so it's ok i mean i'm going to push on let's i'm going to push on because because we actually have three more programs two more programs we're going to talk about the elections
i want to push on so i really think it's important to get in and nigeria's chief justice has been suspended this is what the nigerian bar association had to say about that have a listen never had a time like this. have we experienced you know this kind of assault on the fundamental law of this country and because students of law and i referred to lawyers in this case must be the ones to me and then determine who will forward and i mean this was lucky to the best of my knowledge the m.p. is requesting that there be outright reversal of the suspension of the justice of nigeria because it's fall is the fundamental law of the land it destroys the very foundation upon which niger is built and it is worth some of trouble song for us at this moment. so in an election where it would be contended all might be contended that chief justice is the person who would decide who overseen what happens next
so there is concern that that chief justice is no longer in a job right now so many what is our community saying about this being a free and fair election they're giving it a sidebar this is an economy twitter who said the suspension of the chief justice is a bad move it's another hypocritical decision it makes us doubt if the government can allow credible elections a lot of people online are talking about wanting free and fair elections it's something you often hear when it comes to countries are in the west you never hear that about the west but is it valid in this case especially because we know in twenty fifteen largely what observers say is that they were free and fair elections i think it's the timing that matters in this election i think the timing of the sister nation by the president of the c.g.m. is what is triggering this this nor is this political to liberal all over the place and their two recent appointment that hadn't made the triggering this kind of
controversy when it if you just is there the police chief and both of them have a lot to do with the outcome of the elections when you're supposed to oversee the legality of the election the security aspect of the election and so when you make changes to these positions listening a month to the election you should expect a lot of reactions like this right now the country is divided along the agree disagree you know with the with many but everybody is politicizing this of course is he in the airwaves with you know criticizing behavior over this and by it is trying to say this guy has not declared he said so that's why he has to work blah blah blah but no matter what reason the government advances for the suspension of the troop just says this is going to be controversial obviously. yeah we don't have to that yet so i agree with leo the timing definitely might as well more than a time in the process as well you know i was incredibly cordial so likely you said the chief justice who has now been suspended is a supposedly an investigation for
a four i said to collaboration scandal in quotes. the government has said that his trial has been delayed by technicalities but then again for a government that blames that delay on technicalities it looks as though it is itself taking advantage of a technicality so to suspend him it's essentially not a question of whether you know he may have done what he did or he may not have done what he did it's a question of due process and to us to take this step only three weeks before the election given the time it is bound to risk question so i do agree the timing might says but do you process of removing all or appointing a new chief justice absent the trumps everything else due process of respect that's what we're country of laws right let's just take it a little sitting right there. playing with her actual very possible atmosphere right now is what. i think young people are excited about it and i hope that
you know the process is you know i speak as full as we wanted to be ok this is a little you know tension here and there but you know. there is this excitement for the younger generation especially those that would be what the what the press time i mean they have been concept that they've been. program. excitement all right so thank you thank you thank you communal thank you before we go to things to tell you about so act and additional team are running an initiative corps hash tag nigeria spanx as election approaches it is a close facebook group right here so if you want to join it you can just look out for nigeria spokes on facebook and special program. special programs we are planning here at the stream we're going to air two one hour election specials february thirteenth and fourteenth each show will be on t.v. with an hour on line see there.
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