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Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari sworn in, says he belongs ‘to everybody’

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari sworn in, says he belongs ‘to everybody’

| On 29, May 2015

Source: CNN

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)Nigeria’s new President was sworn in Friday at a boisterous ceremony that marked the first peaceful transfer of power between rival parties in the nation.

Muhammadu Buhari, who won the election in March, was inaugurated in the capital of Abuja. Outside the stadium venue, drummers and dancers gathered. So did dignitaries.

Crowds clapped while others used brooms to sweep to the beat, a reference to Buhari’s campaign slogan, “new broom.”

Hundreds of miles away in Lagos, Faruk Mohammed, 30, watched the exchange of power with pride.

“It’s amazing … the closest feeling I can compare it to is when a child graduates from university, it’s a collective feeling of pride,” he said by phone.

“As a nation, that feeling that your vote counts is one of great pride. That the democratic institution has been restored.”

Though he didn’t vote — thinking his vote wouldn’t count in a nation riddled with a history of coups — he said this day restored his faith in Nigeria’s democracy.

“If an election was held tomorrow, I’d be the first one to vote,” he said.

Long to-do list

Buhari takes over from Goodluck Jonathan, inheriting a nation with a stubborn militant insurgency and lingering fuel shortages, a paradox for one of the world’s largest oil producers.

“I thank those who passionately carried the campaign,” he tweeted after his inauguration. “I belong to everybody. I belong to nobody.”

Mohammed said the new President has a lot of work cut out for him.

“He has to assemble a credible team of performers, of technocrats, put a structure in place to start working on the promises he made,” he said. “I hope he justifies the kind of faith we have put in him.”

Buhari has ruled before

Leadership is nothing new for Buhari. The former general was among military strongmen who dominated Nigeria decades ago.

A military coup brought him to power in 1983, and another military coup toppled him two years later.

Buhari’s regime was known for its “war on indiscipline,” which……..{{{Continue to full story HERE