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Nigeria’s Buhari Sworn in as President

Chris Stein | VOA News   in  ·
May 30, 2015

Amid tough times and high hopes for change in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari took the oath of office on Friday in the capital Abuja.

Buhari – the first Nigerian to defeat a sitting president in popular elections – was sworn in Friday, surrounded by banners featuring the green and white of the Nigerian flag.

The ceremony was attended by dozens of heads of state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed a delegation from the United States.

Buhari takes office at a time of uncertainty in Nigeria. He defeated former president Goodluck Jonathan in presidential polls last month. Jonathan was the first incumbent president to fail to win re-election since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

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