Nigeria elections: Why Ghanaians worry
February 24, 2015 - Written by admin

Abuja (Saxil our series of columns from African journalists, Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene, a member of the main opposition NPP, raises concerns about Nigeria’s future as it battles an Islamist-led insurgency in the north and prepares for tightly contested elections.

If you are a Ghanaian, you tend to worry about Nigeria.

Some would say we Ghanaians have enough on our own plates to keep us fully occupied with worry.

The Ghanaian economy is currently facing severe “challenges”, to use the preferred terminology of government spokespersons.

We are in the midst of the longest power crisis that our country has ever known and tempers are short all around as we try to cope with the outages that have become part of life now.

‘Ugly episodes’

And yet we worry about Nigeria. It has something to do with our histories – the tendency to mimic each other. Even though Nigeria is much bigger in every way, a healthy rivalry has always existed between our countries.



 A general view of congested traffic in central Lagos on 15 July 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria

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