Presidential candidates speak on plans for Nigeria’s security, economy

Nigerians will go to the polls in less than a hundred days to select a new crop of leaders. The challenge in our growing democracy is having an issues-based campaign to ensure that the electorate is informed enough to make the right decisions on future leaders. This often helps citizens hold their elected public servants to account by making reference to their pledges, manifestos and campaign promises. After the 2015 elections, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) launched the Buharimeter to monitor and track promises that the then-candidate Buhari made while seeking the presidency. This helped evaluate the performance of the government while helping citizens know exactly what they were voting for during the campaign period.

Ahead of the coming elections, CDD and Arise Television have partnered to host a series of town halls focusing on presidential candidates. Both sessions to date have focused on security and the economy while featuring representatives from…

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