Thursday, May 19, 2016
A NIGERIAN ARAB SPRING, HIGHLY PROBABLE - JUDE AKUBUILO
The Arab Spring, a series of anti-government protests, revolts and uprisings started in early 2011 in Tunisia and led to the ousting of long time Tunisian leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. By the time it came under some control, it had severely impacted eight countries, dislodging powerful Middle East rulers like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt who had been in power since 1980. It plunged Syria, Libya and Yemen into long drawn conflicts, forced deep political reforms in Morocco and Jordan, while changing the political landscape of the region for a long time to come, if not forever.