>New Nigerian pensioners’ party smacks of ‘virtual politics’


Nigeria, Iwas intrigued to read, has recently seen a pensioners’ party registered. This is odd given that Africa has a young population and not much in the way of generous welfare states for grey lobbies to defend. As the incredulous tone of the report in the Nigeria Daily News suggests, this may, however, may be some kind of post-Soviet style ‘virtual party’ of the kind my SSEES colleague Andy Wilson has ably written about acting as a façade for some business group or local political boss.

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