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August 20, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Shia Leader Zakzaky Alleges U.S. Involvement in Treatment in India

On August 13, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky arrived in India to receive medical treatment. Three days later, he returned to Nigeria having refused medical treatment. Upon his return, he was placed under arrest. He found his treatment in New Delhi to be unsatisfactory and objected to the tight security arrangements that had been put in place. He and some of his followers are claiming that the United States was behind his perceived poor treatment in India.

Protesters hold a sign that says "Free Zakzaky" and has images of the Nigerian Shia leader.

August 15, 2019

Nigeria
The Zakzaky Saga Continues in India, as Sheikh Seeks Medical Treatment

In August, the ailing Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in government custody since 2015, was allowed to receive medical attention abroad. He touched down in Delhi on August 13, though his visit has been mired in controversy. 

A protester holds a banner that reads, "Zakzaky needs urgent medical attention!"

August 6, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Political and Security Crises Boiling Over Across the Country

Over the past week, following another violent clash with the security services, the leader of a Shia movement was ordered to be granted bail; Borno state has been hit with massive attacks, taking the lives of scores of civilians and military personnel; and the leader of a small political party who is also the editor of Sahara Reporters, was arrested shortly before planned protests could begin. Government responses to these crises appear so far to have been ineffective.

Police officers pull two people on the ground next to a truck that says "Lagos State Taskforce."

July 10, 2019

Nigeria
More Trouble Between Nigeria’s Shia Minority and the Police

The principal Shiite movement in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), “stormed” the National Assembly in Abuja on July 7. In the resulting melee, two people may have been killed and eight injured. As is so often the case, there are few details, with claims and counter-claims.

A woman walks by police at a barricade in Abuja, Nigeria.

June 30, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Indictment of African Presidential Leadership

In 2016, once again, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has found no retiring African leader qualified for the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African leadership. Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese telecom billi…

Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Indictment of African Presidential Leadership

October 19, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
New From CFR: John Campbell on the Ibrahim Index and Prize

On his blog this week, CFR senior fellow John Campbell discussed the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership and the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), both issued by the…

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October 9, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
HBO History Makers Series with Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and member of CFR's Global Board of Advisers, discusses good governance and leadership in Africa.

October 17, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Governance: 2012 Ibrahim Index

Yesterday, I wrote about the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Today, I am writing about the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), published October 15 by the same foundat…

 African flags blow in the wind as leaders arrive in Rwanda’s capital Kigali 13/02/2004.

October 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Honors Archbishop Tutu

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on October 4 that it is making a “one-off extraordinary award” of U.S. $ 1 million to Desmond Tutu, the retired archbishop of Cape Town, “in recognition of his lif…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chairman of The Elders, listens to Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy who was speaking over a monitor from Myanmar, during a discussion regarding humanitarian leadership at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 21, 2011.

April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

A high level of coordination suggests the perpetrators had substantial expertise, possibly drawn from a foreign-based terrorist group.

Mourners carry the coffins of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings during a mass funeral in April.