Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Wednesday for a second term at the helm a country struggling with a sluggish economy and a decade-long Islamist insurgency.
President Muhammadu Buhari takes Oath of Office. He shall be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria till 2023.
— Covenant Buhari (@CovenantBuhari) May 29, 2019
The 76-year-old former military leader read out his oath but made no other immediate comments at the open air ceremony in the capital Abuja.
He took 56% of votes in February’s presidential election after promising to end violence in the northeast, extend welfare programmes and kick start growth with a programme of road and rail construction.
But the fighting with the Islamist militants of Boko Haram and other groups has shown no sign of abating. A separate surge of bandit attacks and other violence in the northwest has forced 20 000 refugees to flee to neighbouring Niger, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.
President @MBuhari sworn-in to Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 2019-2023 pic.twitter.com/19V2XW2brG
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 29, 2019