Magazine article New Internationalist

Muhammadu Buhari

Magazine article New Internationalist

Muhammadu Buhari

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The most significant factor in the presidential electoral victory of Muhammadu Buhari and his Nigerian All Progressives Congress, against Goodluck Jonathan and his People's Democratic Party powerhouse fixers, is that it took place at all. In a country haunted by political violence, and with a coup-prone political culture, Jonathan quietly conceded and passed over the reins. Buhari, a former general and coup-plotter himself (in 1983), has a reputation as an anti-corruption campaigner. This will now be put to its severest test in a Nigerian polity where kickbacks and bribes are very much business-as-usual.

Jonathan's five-year term, which started with much promise, was quickly marred by a 2012 general strike in response to a highly unpopular increase in fuel prices. Millions of Nigerians engaged in this popular revolt, outraged by being forced to pay for the wasteful usurping of oil wealth by the corrupt petro-elite. …

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