Nigeria’s democracy has been ranked 108 out of the 167 country and colony in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index.
The country, which is Africa’s biggest democracy, has a slight improvement as it moved upward from 109 it was ranked in 2017 and 2016.
The country was also ranked 108 in 2015.
Nigeria was listed among 39 countries that EIU said have hybrid regimes, which is just a step above authoritarianism.
The index, which the 2018 is the 11th edition, reviews the state of democracy in 165 independent countries worldwide using five parameters: process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
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.