Waves of civil society protests against the new tax law, as well as general living conditions and state corruption have been severely suppressed by the state security apparatus. Prominent opposition members of parliament and critical journalists have been arrested and accused of working for Boko Haram.

Despite promising macroeconomic growth rates and a stable inflation rate, most Nigeriens continue to live in abject poverty. Public spending and public debt are increasingly out of control, threatening long-term fiscal stability.

Niger’s geostrategic location, and its growing importance in the war against terror and illegal immigration to Europe has led to an influx of donor funding and a concomitant decrease in government responsiveness to the needs of the people.

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