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Nigeria aims to tackle Boko Haram
01 Apr 2015 15:03
Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari has said his government would "spare no effort" to defeat the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
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"Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort," he said in his first formal speech since winning the election.
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"In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do."
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Mr Buhari congratulated outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power, a day after becoming the first politician in Nigeria's history to remove a sitting leader at the ballot box.
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In an unprecedented step, Mr Jonathan phoned Mr Buhari to concede defeat and urged his supporters to accept the result, a signal of deepening democracy few had expected.
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"President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him," Mr Buhari, wearing a black cap and kaftan, told reporters and supporters to loud applause.
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"We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put one-party state behind us."
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The 72-year-old general, who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup, campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria's corrupt politics.
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