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May 16, 2022

Nigeria
Gruesome “Blasphemy” Killing Brings Nigeria’s Long-Running Ethno-Religious Divide Into Sharp Focus

Last week’s gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a home economics sophomore at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, comes at a time of escalating social and economic tension in Nigeria, and will most certainly raise the political stakes as the country enters electioneering season in preparation for next year’s presidential election.

A sign that reads "Higher Shariah Court," a child with a bucket in the background, and an old looking building.

August 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria's President Buhari Argues "Africa's Fight Against Terror is the World's Fight"

Muhammadu Buhari has authored a thoughtful piece about Africa's struggle against terrorism in the Financial Times, his chosen outlet an indication that his audience is international rather than domestic. He observes that with the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, Africa has become the frontline of the “global war on terror”—though, as he says, it was never really global.

A group of men in military uniforms stand at attention around a long desk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gives an address.

February 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Muhammadu Buhari’s Questionable Health

On January 19, President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for London for ten days of vacation and medical tests. Since then, he has extended his stay twice, most recently on February 5. His spokesma…

Buhari Illness

February 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Health

The Nigerian media continues to be transfixed by the question of President Buhari’s health, with rumor and innuendo flying, including the “fake news” of his death. Buhari went to London on January 19…

Buhari_Illness

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.

July 8, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Clashes With Twitter Chief Executive Dorsey

The Buhari administration's June ban on Twitter in Nigeria, combined with proposals within Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the federal government to establish a "code of conduct" for Nigeria's media to counter, among other things, "fake news," rightly sets off alarm bells within the human rights community.

A picture of the cover of the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian with the headline "Outrage As Buhari Bans Twitter" and a picture of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. A man looks at the newsstand selling the paper.

April 1, 2015

Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Victory in Nigeria

In a country where elections have routinely been rigged in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential incumbent or his designee, opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progre…

Muhammadu Buhari

June 1, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari’s Inauguration Address

In Nigeria’s current circumstances, it is hard to imagine a better inaugural address than the one President Buhari delivered on May 29. It strikes all the right notes. He accepted his new role as an …

Buhari Inaug 2 Edited

June 9, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Muhammadu Buhari Moves Against Boko Haram

The Nigeria Security Tracker shows that Boko Haram activity has escalated over the past two weeks, though it is still below the levels seen before the March elections when there was widespread fighti…

Buhari Chatham

March 31, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan Concedes to Muhammadu Buhari

International and Nigerian media is reporting that Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka and opposition All Progressives Congress Party spokesman Lai Mohammed state that President Goodluck Jonathan has cal…

Jonathan and Buhari