After Flawed Election, Nigeria’s New Leader Faces Uphill Battle for Unity

After Flawed Election, Nigeria’s New Leader Faces Uphill Battle for Unity

Nigerian President-elect Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua has pledged to secure the insurgent-riddled Niger Delta in an apparent bid to solidify his contested victory in last month's election and prove his commitment to the country's resource and revenue base.

"If government must succeed in its bid to secure the country, it must secure the Niger Delta region," said Yar'Adua Friday in one of his first official appeals as the troubled West African nation's next elected leader.

"I have given my pledge that the Niger Delta is a strategic part of this nation and will be treated as such. We will take a concrete move to ensure the security of that region because the security of that region is strategic to the security of Nigeria."

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