NIGERIA: Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

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The winner of Nigeria’s presidential election in March, Muhammadu Buhari, is due to be sworn in as leader of Africa’s most populous country.

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Mr Buhari is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria’s 55 years of independence.

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He takes over from Goodluck Jonathan, who has urged his successor to unite the country in the face of the threat from Boko Haram militants.

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Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, says he is a convert to democracy.

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He defeated Mr Jonathan – who had been in office since 2010 – by 15.4 million votes to 12.9 million.

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Boko Haram, an Islamic group based in north-eastern Nigeria, has caused havoc through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions in recent years.

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Besides tackling the militants, Mr Buhari has promised to stamp out corruption. Correspondents say he also faces serious economic problems, with falling oil prices slashing state revenues

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Muhammadu Buhari in focus:

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  • Muslim from northern Nigeria, aged 72
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  • Military ruler of Nigeria from 1984 to 1985, deposed in a coup
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  • Seen as incorruptible
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  • Poor human rights record
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  • Survived apparent Boko Haram assassination attempt
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