Written by Felix Onua and McDonald Ziltwe
ABUJA (Reuters) – Bora Tinub was sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Monday after contested elections, overturning an economic and security situation many complained had deteriorated under his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari. We are facing pressure to improve quickly.
Tinub was sworn into office at a ceremony at Eagles Square in the capital Abuja, attended by dignitaries from home and abroad.
Two of Tinub’s main opponents in the February election challenged his victory on the basis of allegations of wrongdoing. A court is scheduled to begin Tuesday to hear the main allegations, but a ruling is expected by September.
Buhari, a taciturn ex-military ruler, has left Africa’s largest economy and population deeply divided.
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The election has galvanized young voters who expect a break from the two major parties that have dominated Nigerian politics since the military regime ended in 1999. But the country’s freest and fairest elections, promised by officials, ended up disappointing many.
Tinub, a member of Buhari’s All Progressive Council and a longtime influencer behind the scenes, won with 37% of the vote, the lowest share since 1999.
(Reporting by Felix Onua, Abuja and McDonald Jirtwe, Lagos; Additional reporting by Chijoke Ouocha, Abuja; Editing by Alexander Winning and Mike Harrison)
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