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For the first time in decades, the leading candidates for the presidency in the February 2019 national elections offer competing views of how Nigeria and its economy should be run.
The election will be about policy, money and jobs. Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country has to take some tough decisions about how best to: develop its world class oil, gas and mineral resources; adapt to new technology; and create jobs.
Patrick Smith — editor of Africa Confidential and Menas Associates’ Nigeria Focus — lives in Paris and spends about half the year reporting from Africa. He was previously based in West Africa as a correspondent for Associated Press and the BBC for a decade.
Christopher Dielmann – Senior Economist, Exotix Capital