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March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.

March 24, 2020

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, according to COVID-19 tracking by Johns Hopkins University. But an outbreak of Lassa fever, caused by a more common virus, has been active in Nigeria for the past few months.

A Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps official in a dark shirt and dark blue cap leans on the car of the driver as he sprays the driver's hands hand sanitizer in front of Gbagada General Hospital, in Lagos, Nigeria, on February 14, 2020.

March 23, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 14–20

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 14 to 20, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

March 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 7–13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 7 to 13, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Cases in Africa Stay Low For Now

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. 

Kenyan nurses wear white protective suits, face masks, goggles, hoods, and blue medical gloves during a demonstration of preparations for any potential coronavirus cases at the Mbagathi Hospital, isolation center for the disease, in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 6, 2020.

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Crises Loom in Africa as Cases Spread

The Associated Press reported on Monday that thirty of fifty-four countries in Africa have reported the presence of COVID-19, and the list is likely incomplete. The virus had been slower to appear in Africa than in most other regions of the world. As elsewhere, the coronavirus was usually introduced by travelers from other continents, notably Europe. All of South Africa’s sixty-two cases, as of Monday, were from abroad, according to the health ministry.

A worker wearing tan clothes and a blue medical mask walks outside the coronavirus isolation facility at the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 15, 2020.

March 9, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 29–March 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 29 to March 6, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

March 6, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Confronts Falling Oil Prices Amid Coronavirus

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.

A man arranges Agip drums at an oil station and depot in Nigeria's capital Abuja, on June 19, 2009.

March 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian High Court Orders Release of Detained Former Islamic Ruler

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.

Muhammad Lamid Sanusi II, then the emir of Kano, dress is mostly red robed embroidered with gold and his red turban and veil, rides through a crowd on a dressed camel during the Durbar festival, on the second day of Eid al-Adha celebration in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, on September 2, 2017. An aid holds a heavy red parasol over him as he rides.

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus
African Health Systems Brace for Coronavirus

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.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director general of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has his temperature checked by a health worker wearing white medical gloves during a diplomatic meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 12, 2020