Nigerien President wins Mo Ibrahim Prize for African leadership

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Mahamadou Issoufou, the outgoing President of Niger after having served two terms in office, on Monday won the Mo Ibrahim Prize, Africa’s top award for leadership.

“I consider this award an encouragement to continue to think and act in such a way that promotes democratic values and good governance, not only in Niger, but in Africa and around the world,” Issoufou said.

In a statement, the Mo Ibrahim foundation said President Issoufou had demonstrated exceptional leadership and respect for democracy amidst an unprecedented combination of challenges.

“He is the sixth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in African leadership. The Ibrahim Prize aims to distinguish exceptional leaders who, during their time in office, have developed their countries, strengthened democracy and protected rule of law for the shared benefit of their people.” The statement read.

Chairman of the prize committee and former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, said “In the face of the most severe political and economic issues including violent extremism and increasing desertification, President Mahamadou Issoufou has led his people on a path of progress.”

He added that the percentage of Nigeriens living below the poverty line has fallen to 40% from 48% a decade ago.

The Ibrahim Prize is a $5 million award paid over ten years. It ensures that the African continent continues to benefit from the experience and wisdom of exceptional leaders once they have left national office, by enabling them to continue their invaluable work in other civic roles on the continent.

 

Edited by Olajumoke Adeleke

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