The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings controversy over President Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, an election outcome in Burundi, and a U.S. visit by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
1. President Barack Obama arrived in Ethiopia Sunday night in the final leg of his tour through Africa, a decision that has brought attention and some controversy from civil rights groups. Many civil rights groups in Ethiopia do not hold hope that Obama’s visit will spur significant political change in human rights abuses, and U.S. activists have criticized the visit, though the U.S. is deeply tied to Ethiopia in economics and defense initiatives.
2. Earlier in the week, Nigerian President Buhari visited with Obama to discuss Boko Haram, which continues to ravage the country. He sharply criticized the United States for “aiding and abetting” the terrorist group by refusing to provide weapons to Nigeria.’
3. The results in the violent and controversial election in Burundi are in, unsurprisingly resulting in a third term for Pierre Nkurunziza. The riots in protest of the election have killed over 100 in Burundi. Obama called the election results “not credible” while a key opposition group rejects the election outcome.