Will 2015 Be a Better Year for Nigeria?

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Deutsche Welle’s  West and Central Africa correspondents Adrian Kreisch and Jan-Philipp Scholz, who have provided some of the  most illuminating dispatches on Boko Haram  from Lagos, Nigeria, since September 1, 2014, writes that “… we should not give up hope that 2015 will be a better year for Nigeria, for we can see the first signs of a change in attitude in the Nigerian government (about Boko Haram).

These are above all signs of a waning arrogance in the face of their own people and critical investigative journalists. This recently became evident to us in what would initially seem like a paradoxical situation: when we went to have our foreign correspondents' accreditation renewed, much more attention was paid to details and follow-up questions than was previously the case. An employee at the Ministry of Information confided in us that those in charge were "pretty scared by the massive amount of critical international reporting after the Chibok kidnapping."
The journalist said, “For the first time they felt the concentrated power of a critical public. We certainly won't stop letting them feel this power in the coming year.”

For more, see “Nigeria: Reporting made dangerous by Boko Haram.”

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