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February 25, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Nigeria's Vice President Speaks Plainly on Population and Food

Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, addressed on February 23 a UN Food Systems Summit organized by the Nigerian government in Abuja, the national capital. He was blunt about the link between population growth and food insecurity.

A crowded market in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

February 5, 2021

Nigeria
Ethnic and Religious Violence Worsen in Kaduna

Kaduna is increasingly the epicenter of violence in Nigeria, rivaling Borno state, the home turf of Boko Haram. In rural areas, conflicts over water and land use are escalating, and Ansaru, a less prominent Islamist group, is active.

A picture of the Sultan Bello mosque, also known as the Kaduna Central mosque, in Kaduna, Nigeria.

February 2, 2021

Religion
The Pervasive Influence of Nigeria's Religious Leaders

Nigerians like to say that they are the world's happiest people and the most religious. The basis of their happiness, they go on to say in the face of poor well-being statistics (such as one of the highest levels of maternal mortality), is religion.

Several Muslim worshippers are seen from from behind sitting on the floor inside a mosque. They are socially distanced, as suggested by health protocols for COVID-19. Most are wearing Islamic dress.

February 2, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs

President Buhari's January 26 announcement that he has fired all four of his military service chiefs will be welcomed by his critics. His new appointments appear to be of high quality in terms of official announcements about their background.

Major General Leo Irabor, then-commander of the Nigerian military's operation against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, is seated while speaking to the media. He is wearing camouflage, military fatigues with a hat. A flag is on a flagpole over his right shoulder.

January 26, 2021

Religion
Nigeria: “A Nation In Search Of Vindication”

Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Matthew Kukah in a Christmas message delivered a blistering critique of Nigeria's governance and political economy. In it he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swears in ministers into his cabinet in Abuja, Nigeria on November 11, 2015. The room is well-lit with a green carpeted floor, with the Nigerian coat of arms surrounded by four pots of flowers. The ministers are standing around the room, while Buhari is seated at the head.

January 13, 2021

Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…

A group of Muslim youth are seen protesting the killing of a radical Kenyan imam, Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Several are wearing Islamic dress while others are wearing everyday clothing.

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter

November 18, 2020

Nigeria
Financing Boko Haram

Federal Court of Appeals in the United Arab Emirates, which sits in Abu Dhabi, has sentenced to jail six Nigerians for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.

A flag of Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating in northwest Nigeria, is seen attached to an electrical pole.

October 30, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Election 2020 Is Almost Over, Maybe

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: where things stand four days before Election Day.

Three people stand behind privacy screens to cast their vote while another walks in front of them carrying a ballot to a voting booth.

October 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Demonstrations Becoming About More Than the Police

Following nationwide demonstrations—first against the elite Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and then the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, its successor—the Buhari administration has abolished the former and promised wide-ranging police reforms.

A group of men holding signs in support of the #EndSARS protest movement in Nigeria.