2011 in Nigeria

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Events in the year 2011 in Nigeria. The year 2011 is a distinguishing year for Nigeria. The year entails several events that define the progress of the country and its future. These events include: the 2011 budget bill,[1] the general election,[2] and activities of the current government.


Federal government



The 2011 Budget

The 2011 budget was prepared by the president of the country and his executive committee. It was indeed a test of the unelected president who took over power due to the death of his predecessor Umaru Musa Yaradua, who died on 5 May 2010.[3] The 2011 budget was the first budget that the Goodluck Jonathan administration has put together and the eyes of the entire nation are on his performance and capability, nonetheless. International organization such as the International Monetary Fund has also voiced their support with the Jonathan administration to reduce fiscal deficit for 2011 to 2013.[4][5]

In December 2010, a budget of 4.236 trillion naira (18% less than 2010 budget) was prepared by the administration and was presented to the House of Representative on 15 December 2010.[6][7] At the budget speech, the president of the federation called the budget; “a budget of fiscal consolidation inclusive economic growth and employment generation. The focus of this Administration is to establish and strengthen the sound macroeconomic environment that Nigeria needs to ensure the prosperity of our citizens”.[8]

General Election

A general election in 2011 is one of the events that the president has promised to deliver. He has promised a free and fair election.[9] The election which took practically the entire month of April 2011 was credited by several international groups; the chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group commented on the election calling it, "a genuine celebration of democracy in Africa’s most populous country”.[10]

Furthermore, the election brought a new era into the country’s history. For the first time a citizen from a minority region (South-South)of the country takes on the presidencial position after a successful election. The president (Dr Goodluck Jonathan) of the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria) (PDP) won the election as people came out massively to vote for him even in the South West part of the country. The South West region is majorly controlled by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) party, one of the fastest growing political parties in the country. The success has also been accepted positively internationally in develop countries and by international investors. The general election opens several post election investment opportunities in the country.[11][12][12]

Election in Nigeria

Activities of the current government

The president and his executive team have not only delivered a free and fair election and fiscally consolidated budget, they have defended the cause of the budget. Prior to the election, on March 17, 2011 the National Assembly approved the budget with an additional 745 billion naira to the budget.[13][14] The president has since the passing of the 2011 budget bill by the National Assembly refused to sign the bill into law. The bill has been sent back to the House of Representation for further review.[15]

Arts and entertainment

26 March - 7th African Movie Academy Awards


Football (soccer) competitions: Nigeria Premier League. See also: Nigeria national football team 2011.



  1. ^ ":::Budget Office of The Federal Government of Nigeria...Home..:::". Budgetoffice.gov.ng. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  2. ^ "INEC Nigeria". INEC Nigeria. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  3. ^ "Obituary: President Yar'Adua". BBC News. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  4. ^ "Fiscal Policy in Nigeria: Any Role for Rules? - WP/03/155" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  5. ^ "Inflation in Nigeria: IMF supports FG decision to reduce fiscal deficit for 2011 to 2013 | eWASH". Assemblyonline.info. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  6. ^ Full details of the 2011 Nigerian budget including all source PDFs can be found on the DataHub
  7. ^ "Jonathan Postpones 2011 Budget Presentation - Headlines". Nigerian News Service. 2010-12-15. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  8. ^ "2011 Budget Speech" (PDF). Budgetoffice.gov.ng. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  9. ^ James Butty. "Nigerian President Reaffirms Free and Fair 2011 Election Pledge". Voanews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  10. ^ "Commonwealth Secretariat - Nigeria elections credible and creditable – Commonwealth Observers". Thecommonwealth.org. 2011-04-18. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  11. ^ Nyagah, Nelly (2011-05-19). "Nigeria: Post-Election Investment Opportunities". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  12. ^ a b "Nigeria: Post-Election Investment Opportunities | Oil price". undpi.org. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  13. ^ "2011 Budget Proposal" (PDF). Budgetoffice.gov.ng. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  14. ^ "UPDATE 2-Nigerian finmin expects to agree budget by Friday | News by Country | Reuters". Af.reuters.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  15. ^ Binniyat, Luka (2011-02-04). "Nigeria: 2011 Budget - Reps, FG Disagree Over $65 Per Barrel Oil Benchmark". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
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Further reading

  • Ayoade, John A., and Adeoye A. Akinsanya, eds. Nigeria's Critical Election, 2011 (Lexington Books; 2012)
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