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Niger’s Outgoing President, Mahamadou Issoufou wins Mo Ibrahim Prize

745ng | March 8, 2021

Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down as president of coup-prone Niger after two terms in office, Monday won Africa’s top prize for leadership.

He was awarded the 2020 Mo Ibrahim Prize for facing “seemingly insurmountable challenges”, ranging from deep poverty to jihadism and desertification.

Despite these enduring problems, “Issoufou has led his people on a path of progress”, said a statement by award committee chairman Festus Mogae, who is also a former president of Botswana.

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

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