‘I Belong To Everybody And I Belong To Nobody’ Buhari Says At Inauguration

‘I Belong To Everybody And I Belong To Nobody’ Buhari Says At Inauguration

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Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in Friday as Nigeria’s president, promising to bring increased prosperity to Africa’s most populous country.

He is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, he told cheering crowds at the inauguration in the capital, Abuja.

He vowed to tackle the issues of corruption and the insurgency from militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Buhari, a former military ruler, has taken over from Goodluck Jonathan, who had been in office since 2010.

At the inauguration ceremony at Abuja’s Eagle Square, Jonathan handed over the constitution and national flags before Buhari took his oath of office.

In his first speech as president, Buhari repeated his commitment to tackle Boko Haram, which he described as “a mindless, godless group, who are as far away from Islam as one can think.”

…Moments after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in thousands of excited young men ran through the security barriers to Eagle Square and pressed up against the perimeter fence, cheering their new leader. It was a stark reminder that so many in Nigeria are expecting change, including jobs, from President Buhari.

…Buhari also announced plans for the Nigerian military’s command center to be moved from Abuja to the strategic northeastern city of Maiduguri, which is closer to areas where the group operates.

He said Boko Haram could not be said to be defeated without rescuing the more than 200 Chibok girls, whose capture in April 2014 sparked a global campaign to bring them back home.

“This government will do all it can to rescue them alive,” he said.

Buhari said the Nigerian economy was in deep trouble, identifying “insecurity, pervasive corruption… and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages” as key concerns.

The country’s power supply crisis was “a national shame,” he said, which had brought “darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation” to Nigerians.

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