Nigeria: EIU Democracy Index 2015

Nigeria’s rating in global democracy and governance has recorded a boost from 121 positions in 2014 to 108 last year according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, EIU Democracy Index 2015.

The EIU is an independent business within the UK based The Economist Group. The EIU Democracy Index measures the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are UN member states.

The index is also based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories measuring pluralism, civil liberties, and political culture.

The report said the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) made scant democratic progress since the Democracy Index debut in 2006, with the indicators of democracy improving from around 20 per decade in 1960–2000, the number of successful “coups from within” dropping dramatically in the 2000s, and regular elections becoming commonplace.