Nigerias new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The world desperately needs a victory against cultist jihadism. Nigeria (under Buhari) can provide it,” he wrote in a blog.On Friday, Buhari saluted all Nigerians, whether or not they voted for him.“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” he said to applause. “I intend to serve as president to all Nigerians.”He takes over a nation in crisis: government coffers that have been hit by massive corruption, a devalued currency, low oil prices and a $63 billion debt which grows as Nigeria borrows more to pay government salaries.Some nervous politicians feared Buhari’s promise to retrieve ill-gotten gains signaled a witch hunt. “These fears are groundless,” Buhari said, though he added that some of his predecessors had acted “like spoiled children, breaking everything in the house.”___Associated Press Diplomatic Correspondent Bradley Klapper contributed to this report from Abuja.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram “head on,” asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn’t be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.Muhammadu Buhari’s new administration won a signal of support from the United States, which indicated it was prepared to increase military aid. The insurgency has “preyed on our young girls, and did all it could to terminate their hope for education and a good life, while turning our women into objects of enslavement and as sex objects,” Shettima said.However, he surprised those in attendance by saying he would appeal to the federal government to allow the rehabilitation of Boko Haram fighters who come out of the bush and de-radicalize — a move he said was essential for national reconciliation.“It is never easy to accept back into the community those who have taken up arms, killed, pillaged, raped and destroyed,” he said. “But in the long run society must make very expensive choices for peace, reconciliation and development.”Many Nigerians consider Buhari, a retired major-general who subdued a smaller Islamic uprising when he ruled briefly as a military dictator in the 1980s, to be the right person to govern at this time of crisis. An austere disciplinarian, he is the only Nigerian leader not to have enriched himself from the state treasury.Buhari has pledged to fight the endemic corruption that has kept Nigeria, a nation rich in natural resources, so impoverished.Political science professor Richard Joseph of Northwestern University said Buhari’s victory was a sign of hope. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img

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