Nigeria in Focus

  • Three Key Issues Dominating Nigeria's Election

    In March 2015, Muhammadu Buhari made history by becoming the first presidential candidate in Nigeria to unseat an incumbent president in an election.

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  • Nigerian Information Minster Discusses US-Nigeria relations, Boko Haram

    On Thursday, July 19, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with the Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Alhaji Lai Mohammed

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  • Nigeria’s Buhari Goes to Washington

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on April 30 hold the distinction of becoming the first African president to meet US President Donald J. Trump at the White House in Washington.

    “I think it sends a very good signal that the first African head of state to have an Oval Office meeting will be the democratically elected president of Africa’s most populous country and its largest economy,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.

    The two leaders are expected to focus on security and economic issues.

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  • Roundtable Discussion with Nigerian Army Delegation

    On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the status of the fight against Boko Haram with Major General Johnny Hamakim, director general of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre; Major General David Ahmadu, chief of training and operations for the Nigerian Army; and Brigadier General Sadiq Ndalolo, the Nigerian Army Resource Centre’s director of international alliances and linkages.

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  • Africa’s Economic Prospects in 2017: Ten Countries to Watch

    The continued failure of commodity prices to recover significantly and the global slowdown of economic growth, especially in China and other emerging markets, made 2016 a tumultuous year for many African economies, indeed, “the worst year for average economic growth” in the region in over twenty years, according to a report from Ernst & Young. Compounding these trends, varying dynamics within the continent’s biggest economies meant that Nigeria slipped into recession while South Africa barely lurched forward with anemic 0.2 percent growth in the third quarter....
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  • Roundtable with Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff

    On Tuesday, September 13, the Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chief of the army staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who gave participants an update on the country’s war against Boko Haram.

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  • Briefing by Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Toby Lanzer

    On Friday, April 15, the Africa Center hosted Toby Lanzer, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, for a luncheon roundtable on peace and security in the Sahel region.

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  • Issue Brief Launch: Nigeria’s Oil Revenue Crunch

    On Monday, January 11, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Africa Center launched a new issue brief, “Nigeria’s Oil Revenue Crunch,” authored by Aaron Sayne and Arica Center Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby, in a roundtable discussion at the Atlantic Council.

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  • Nigeria’s Oil Revenue Crunch

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    As oil prices fall to their lowest in decades, Nigeria's oil revenue has plummeted nearly $2 billion since the start of 2014. While Africa's most populous nation has continued to sell roughly 1 million barrels of crude oil per day, it has struggled to achieve a robust price. Brent crude—the benchmark against which Nigerian oil is priced—traded last week below $35 a barrel, the lowest price in more than a decade and considerably down from the $100 or higher that oil commanded between 2011 and 2014.


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  • Salon Dinner Discussion with African Development Bank President

    On Wednesday, September 30, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted an exclusive dinner discussion with Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, in New York City.

    After a welcome by Atlantic Council Treasurer and Executive Committee Member Brian C. McK. Henderson, Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham introduced Adesina, noting that his background—coming from modest means and growing up in rural Nigeria—and his experience in both the private and public sectors made him uniquely qualified to lead the African Development Bank.

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