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John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends the opening of the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja, Nigeria, on December 21, 2019. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

President Buhari’s Top Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria

Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to Germany and Egypt, according to Nigerian media. So, too, have at least three of his staffers. Nigerian media describes Kyari as "very sick," and that he has been removed from Abuja to an infectious disease treatment center in Lagos. Read More

Guinea
Divergent Paths in West African Democracy: Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire
Last weekend, as Americans pondered how our election cycle will proceed in the midst of the constraints and disruption necessitated by the coronavirus, the people of Guinea found themselves deciding …
Nigeria
Women, Boko Haram, and Suicide Bombings
Since 2011, when Boko Haram (and its subsequent off-shoots) entered its current violent phase, kidnapping women and girls has been a defining characteristic. Boko Haram seeks women as wives for its f…
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, acco…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 14–20
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 14 to 20, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Har…
  • Coronavirus
    How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus
    Brad Cunningham is the COO of SystemOne and has been working in connected diagnostics for infectious diseases in low and middle income countries for the last ten years.  As of March 20, 254,653 CO…
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    One Challenge to Africa's Response to COVID-19: Public Trust in Institutions
    The coronavirus pandemic dominating global headlines and individual anxiety lists powerfully illustrates the importance, and fragility, of trust in public officials. Public health depends upon partic…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks
    Alvin Young is a Rangel Fellow and master's candidate at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former g…
  • Coronavirus
    Coronavirus Crises Loom in Africa as Cases Spread
    Africans and their friends have recognized that the new coronavirus had the potential to devastate a continent that is poor, has weak public health systems, often limited bureaucratic capacity, and g…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 7–13
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 7 to 13, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Hara…
  • 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 Kano state. The decision follows a suit filed by…