New president elected in Nigeria – Muhammadu Buhari


The voting of 1st April in Nigeria, gave nearly 54%, of the 60 millon registered voters, to Muhammadu Buhari (of All Progressives Congress-APC party) who is going to be the successor of the former president Jonathan Goodluck (of People’s Democratic Party-PDP).

The 72-year-old new president was a professional soldier and has a history of two coups, one in 1980s which overturned the elected president -to be overthrown himself later- and an older coup d’état in 1966 by which he ousted the military dictator Ajuiyi Ironsi.

In much troubled as much as rich country (with poor people) Nigeria, it is the first time that an opposition candidate wins an incumbent. A first is also the phone call from Jonathan Goodluck to Buhari after the results to congratulate him.

In Nigeria, where people vote according to ethnic criteria, the choice of his vice president Yemi Osinbajo gave to Buhari the votes of both clans (Buhari is member of Hausa ethnic group, while Osinbajo is of Yoruba. Goodluck is of Ijaw).
Even if 40% of the population does not belong to any of these three ethnic groups, they are the ones who have ruled Nigeria since the country won its independence in 1960.
The country has a heavy burden of problems with dominant the security problem caused by Boko Haram.
The new president announced in his first formal speech: “Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort … In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.”
During the election, Boko Haram killed more than a dozen voters in an attempt to disrupt the vote, which it referred to as “not Islamic”, reports teleSUR.

Inherited problems

Nigeria has the largest population as well as economy of African countries. It is a distinct example of a rich country in which 48% of the population suffers from extreme poverty and the country itself from widespread corruption.
To these problems has been added the plague of Boko Haram.

On the occasion of Easter, APC called Nigerians “to come together irrespective of the fault lines separating them, for a national rebirth, in the spirit of Easter…”
The two dominant religions in Nigeria are Christianity -47% of the population- and Islam -51%.

Western nations’ bad foreign polices in the region have intensified the country’s polarization due to ethnic groups or religion.
The West’s exploitation of Nigeria’s natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas has deepen the economic gap between the population and, the profit hunting by the large oil companies have caused severe environmental problems.

A hard way is laid ahead for the new president of the tough-tested Nigeria.

Read also: Nigeria Beyond the Elections – teleSUR                     
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