Mahamadou Issoufou, the President of Niger has won 2021’s Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for his exceptional work in promoting economic progress and joining forces with other countries in the region to stamp out the threat of Islamist militants.
President Issoufou first came to power in 2011, served two terms and refused to run for office again unlike other African leaders who push through constitutional changes to keep political power with a third term or even more. He would be succeeded by former interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, who emerged winner at the February presidential polls.
Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who is chair of the prize committee praised the prize winner for his immense contribution towards the progress of his people.
“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.”
Issoufou in a tweet appreciated the honour done him and all Nigeriens.
“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,” he concluded.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership was founded by business magnate Mo Ibrahim and monies are paid over 10 years.