Nigeria was listed among 39 countries that EIU said have hybrid regimes, which is just a step above authoritarianism. It “provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories” and categorised the countries into four sections, namely full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian. EIU said elections in countries with hybrid regimes are plagued by substantial regimes, which prevent them from being free and fair. “Serious weaknesses are more prevalent than in flawed democracies—in political culture, functioning of government and political participation. Norway, rated the most democratised nation in the world scored maximum 10 points in all the five indices except in functioning of government and civil liberties, where it scored 9.64 and 9.71 respectively.
Source: The Guardian January 12, 2019 15:11 UTC