Tinubu: Nigerian Tinubu sworn in as president for economic and security reasons

ABUJA: Bola Tinubu was sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Monday following a disputed election, facing pressure to quickly improve economic and security conditions, which many complain have worsened under his predecessor Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu was sworn in at a ceremony in Eagles Square, capital Abuja, attended by local and foreign dignitaries.
Two of Tinubu’s main opponents in the February elections are contesting his victory on allegations of fraud. A court will begin hearing their main arguments on Tuesday, with a decision not expected until September.
Buhari, a taciturn former military leader, leaves Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation deeply divided.
The election had galvanized young voters in hopes of a break with the two parties that have dominated Nigerian politics since the end of military rule in 1999. But what authorities promised would be the freest and most fairness of the country, but which ended in the frustration of many.
Tinubu, a member of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress who has long been influential behind the scenes, won with 37% of the vote, the lowest share since 1999.
(Report of Felix Onuah in Abuja and MacDonald Dzirutwe in Lagos; Additional reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha in Abuja; Editing by Alexander Winning and mike harrison)


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