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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes his supporters during his inauguration, Abuja, Nigeria, May 29, 2015 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).

Nigeria’s Buhari Faces Dual Challenge of Corruption, Boko Haram

Thursday, July 16, 2015

On Tuesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari fired all of Nigeria’s military chiefs in preparation for a fresh multinational offensive against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Despite an international coalition having driven insurgents out of numerous towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram has ramped up attacks and suicide bombings recently, killing over 250 people this month.

Buhari was elected in March, upsetting incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in a historic victory. “For the first time in Nigeria’s history as an independent nation, an incumbent leader was ousted not in a coup, but at the ballot box,” Sarah Chayes wrote in a feature for World Politics Review in April. ...

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