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Former Strongman, Taking Over Presidency, Raises Hope in Nigeria

Former Strongman, Taking Over Presidency, Raises Hope in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria — Here in the Nigerian capital, the rows of campaign billboards promoting President Goodluck Jonathan have been ripped down. In some places, images of the soon-to-be ex-president have been defaced. Mr. Jonathan, with his legacy of economic and military disasters, cannot leave soon enough, in the eyes of many Nigerians.

But at this critical time, with Nigeria battling terrorists, fuel shortages and growing state debts, who exactly is replacing him?

In many ways, the former military ruler who is set to be sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Friday, Muhammadu Buhari, remains an enigma. He seems composed of two such thoroughly contradictory strands — a former strongman who espouses democratic change — that it is hard to know which one will prevail when he takes over the government of Nigeria this week.

Source: Former Strongman, Taking Over Presidency, Raises Hope in Nigeria – NYTimes.com

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