“Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria: Reflections on INEC’s Transformation , 2011 – 2015” is the topic of a public lecture taking place at Bayero University, Kano Monday, June 12th, 2017. It will be delivered by Richard Joseph, a professor of Politics from the Northwstern University in the United States of America.
Professor Attahiru Jega, former Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) will chair the lecture taking place in the morning at Mambaya House. Mambaya House was late Aminu Kano’s residence which was acquired by the Federal Government and attached to the Department of Political Science of Bayero University, Kano under the name Aminu and Centre for Democratic Research and Training.
It would be recalled that Prof Jega also obtained his PhD from Northwestern University where Prof Joseph is coming from. It is not known if they met there. The lecture promises, therefore, to be even more interesting against the background of the two figures having roots in a same American university. Beyond that, Professor Joseph is the author of the book Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria: The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic. The book concluded on the basis of evidence gathered mostly from state husbandry of the economy in the Second Republic to arrive at a characterisation of Nigerian politics as a case study of prebendalism.