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President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s cautious leader faces hard choices

The first-term record of Muhammadu Buhari, reelected as president of Nigeria earlier this year, was mixed at best. He made modest headway in curbing corruption and the activities of the Boko Haram terror group, but his statist approach to ruling has not been helpful in Africa’s most populous country, where economic growth lags behind demographic trends. If Nigeria’s ruling class does not find ways to unleash the oil-producing nation’s vast economic potential, political instability there will only increase.

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