March 13, 2020Nigeria
The Federal High court in Abuja has ordered the release from detention of Lamido Sanusi, the former emir of Kano deposed and exiled by the governor of the state of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje. The decision follows a suit filed by Sanusi in federal court. It remains to be seen whether the judge’s orders will be carried out; the rule of law can be weak in Nigeria, especially when it comes to high-profile political prisoners.
March 12, 2020Coronavirus
Though the incidence of the novel coronavirus in Africa has been relatively low, health systems there are still highly vulnerable to an outbreak. One concern is that, were coronavirus to overwhelm Africa’s fragile health infrastructure, many more Africans will die of untreated diseases than from the virus or its complications.
March 11, 2020Coronavirus
The bad news is that coronavirus is seems to be spreading, if slowly, in Africa, with new cases in Togo and Cameroon and cases in the giants, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. As of March 10, eleven countries in Africa have reported cases. The good news is that the number of cases remains remarkably small, despite the fact that China is Africa’s largest trading partner. The index cases in Africa, however, appear mostly to be travelers from Europe.
March 10, 2020Nigeria
On March 9, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, through a unanimous vote of the Kano state executive council, dethroned Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi. Soon after the vote, Sanusi was removed from …
March 9, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 29 to March 6, 2020.
March 6, 2020Election 2020
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democratic field narrows, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders square off.
March 6, 2020Sub-Saharan Africa
The new coronavirus has led to a slowdown in economic activity in China and East Asia more broadly. The global price of oil has now fallen to $53 a barrel. This is beginning to affect the oil-exporting countries of Africa. According to Africa Confidential, three-quarters of Nigeria’s and Angola’s oil production ear-marked for export in April is unsold. Similar deficits are reported from Chad, Republic of Congo, and Gabon.
March 5, 2020Democratic Republic of Congo
Officials from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the last Ebola patient has been discharged from a hospital in Beni. The patient’s discharge follows two weeks in which no new cases of Ebola have been reported. The current Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC started in August 2018. Some 3,300 fell ill from the virus, and about two-thirds of those succumbed to it.
March 4, 2020Nigeria
The new coronavirus was introduced into Nigeria on February 25, 2020, by an Italian engineer traveling from Milan (a European center of the virus outbreak) via Istanbul to Lagos on Turkish Airlines. Nigeria’s Ebola response in 2014 may be instructive for how it responds to coronavirus today.
March 2, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 22 to 28, 2020.