10 March 2016 by Babatunde Afolabi and Sabina Avasiloae
The report, Post-election assessment of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms in Nigeria, presents the findings of an assessment of the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria. Conducted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), the assessment focused on political and inter-communal tensions before, during, and immediately after the 2015 polls. It describes formal and informal mechanisms set up at state and national level to help prevent and address disputes as well as violent conflicts in the context of the elections. In addition to explaining the factors that influenced the establishment and management of these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms in Nigeria, the assessment also evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Nigeria’s different ADR methods. The authors conclude by identifying the opportunities and scope for using conflict resolution mechanisms to address some of the systemic and recurrent causes of dispute in Nigeria.