Africa in Transition

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

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Executive Chairman of Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Tunde Fowler speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria, on September 21, 2016. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Debt Servicing, Tax Revenue, and Oil in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari is publicly asking the Federal Inland Revenue Service about its failure to meet tax-collecting targets since 2015. Read More

August 20, 2019

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.

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August 19, 2019

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 10–16

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 10 to 16, 2019. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

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August 15, 2019

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, were allowed to receive medical attention abroad. He touched down in Delhi on August 13. His visit has been mired in controversy. 

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