Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou Wins $5M Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership

Niger’s President, Mahamadou Issoufou, has won the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership for leading his people on a “path of progress.”

Issoufou, who is leaving office after two terms, was awarded the prize on Monday for overcoming “seemingly insurmountable challenges,” which included poverty, armed rebellion, and desertification.

A statement from the Ibrahim Foundation’s award committee chairman, Festus Mogae, said that despite the many problems the country faces, “Issoufou has led his people on a path of progress”

“Today, the number of Nigeriens living below the poverty line has fallen to 40 percent, from 48 percent a decade ago,” he added.

“While challenges remain, Issoufou has kept his promises to the Nigerien people and paved the way for a better future.”

Issoufou is stepping down next month after 10 years in office in what would be the country’s first democratic transition.

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