This feature is part of Blavity’s African Spotlight series which highlights heads of state, as well as other politicians and societal leaders, who are currently in power or influencing change on the continent. African leaders are making significant impact both in their own countries and internationally. Growing diasporas and increasing interconnectivity make developments on the continent more relevant to Black America and people everywhere than ever before.

The #EndSARS movement that has rocked Nigeria for weeks is continuing to place significant pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement systemic reform in the country or step aside. Although Buhari has disbanded the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that had been condemned for widespread brutality and abuses, he has largely ignored the other demands of the protestors. For instance, Buhari has barely acknowledged the Lekki Massacre that drew international outrage, including harsh words against Buhari from former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.