2 Things Americans Can Learn From The 2015 Nigeria Elections

Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or an Independent, I’m about to spill a few truths about the 2016 American presidential race.

There are a few things Americans can learn from the Nigeria presidential elections that occurred last year (2015).

You may think, “Why compare the electoral process of a developed country to that of a developing country?”

Well, I’m about to speak solid facts. So, listen up.

Us presidential elections 2016 and Nigeria presidential elections 2015 image

The unexpected could happen

Many people expected Goodluck Jonathan to win the 2015 Nigeria presidential elections. They thought Mohamed Buhari would be defeated like he was in previous presidential elections. But today he is the president of Nigeria.

This was a shock to those who didn’t support him.

How this applies to USA

Many Democrats supported Bernie Sanders because they believe he is against the establishment and stands a better chance of beating any Republican candidate.


However, the results from the New York primary shows this may not be the case, except if a miracle happens.

Polls have showed “69%” of Americans view Donald Trump unfavourably. But, don’t be surprised if he becomes the next president of the United States of America, because the same polls failed to predict Buhari would win.

The polls and experts didn’t believe Donald Trump would still last long in the presidential race. However, he’s proven them wrong.

If you’re a Democrat, the thought of Donald Trump becoming the next president of America may be a disgusting idea. This may be because you don’t like his public image or opinion on various issues. But, this doesn’t mean he’d make terrible mistakes that’ll result in the doom of America if he becomes the next POTUS.

That’s what many Nigerians who didn’t support Buhari thought. However, even though things are still very tough in Nigeria today (after almost a year since he became president). Nigeria still exists as a country at the moment.

In fact, Trump may not fulfil his major promises if he becomes the next president of the United States of America (building the wall, etc). This may be a disappointment to his supporters and maybe a surprise to those that are against him.

He may just be saying what he has to say to appeal to a certain crowd and to garner votes. So far, it seems to be working for him.

This is the way politics has been in Nigeria and other parts of the world.


Politics is still politics

Politics in America may differ from that in Nigeria, because of its transparency and so forth. However, it is still a game of cards.

You hear every presidential candidate saying things that’ll help them to garner votes.

However, at the end:

Not every presidential candidate lives up to expectation.

Not every presidential candidate cares about the average American.

Not every presidential candidate is ready to give a selfless service, and to truely serve the people.

This is the harsh truth about politics.

So, don’t let any politician fool you.



Giovanni is obsessed with the social-economic development of his beloved Africa and inspiring people to think for themselves logically and rationally. He started Thescripton as a teenager because he felt it was one of his best ways to contribute to making society better by discussing critical social topics in an educative manner. But as his grew older he realised he change should begin from an individual level. He’s the founder of Larnedu and a few other online communities that serve thousands of people around the world. He’s open to constructive criticism and learning from others.

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