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John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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A view of the deserted central business district is pictured on the first day of a 14-day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 31, 2020. Temilade Adelaja/Reuters

Lagos and Abuja on Lockdown to Stop Coronavirus in Nigeria

President Buhari has ordered the lockdown of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria’s commercial and political capitals, as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus. Lagos poses enormous challenges to “social distancing,” but also has governance advantages other parts of Nigeria lack. Abuja is less crowded and in some areas has better infrastructure. It is also under the direct control of the Federal government. Read More

Nigeria
Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria’s Past and Possibly Its Future
On March 9, the governor of Kano state removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from his position as Emir of Kano, which is usually regarded as the second or third most important Muslim traditional ruler in Nige…
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 21–27
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 21 to 27, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Har…
Nigeria
President Buhari’s Top Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria
Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to Germany and Egypt, according to Nigerian media. So, too, have at least three of his st…
  • Guinea
    Divergent Paths in West African Democracy: Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire
    Last weekend, as Americans pondered how our election cycle will proceed in the midst of the constraints and disruption necessitated by the coronavirus, the people of Guinea found themselves deciding …
  • Nigeria
    Women, Boko Haram, and Suicide Bombings
    Since 2011, when Boko Haram (and its subsequent off-shoots) entered its current violent phase, kidnapping women and girls has been a defining characteristic. Boko Haram seeks women as wives for its f…
  • Nigeria
    Lassa Fever in a Time of Coronavirus in Nigeria
    These are still early days for coronavirus in Nigeria, whose first case was reported on February 25. As of the morning of March 24, Nigeria had forty-two confirmed cases and one confirmed death, acco…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 14–20
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 14 to 20, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Har…
  • Coronavirus
    How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus
    Brad Cunningham is the COO of SystemOne and has been working in connected diagnostics for infectious diseases in low and middle income countries for the last ten years.  As of March 20, 254,653 CO…
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    One Challenge to Africa's Response to COVID-19: Public Trust in Institutions
    The coronavirus pandemic dominating global headlines and individual anxiety lists powerfully illustrates the importance, and fragility, of trust in public officials. Public health depends upon partic…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks
    Alvin Young is a Rangel Fellow and master's candidate at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former g…