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Nigeria's Buhari wins re-election, rival pursues fraud claim

Nigeria's Buhari wins re-election, rival pursues fraud claimThe 76-year-old former military ruler took 56 percent of votes against 41 for his closest challenger, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party. Atiku, 72, said he would go to court to contest the results due to a litany of “premeditated malpractices”.



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Nigeria's Buhari wins second term as president: electoral commission results

Nigeria's Buhari wins second term as president: electoral commission resultsNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, a tally by Reuters based on electoral commission results showed. Buhari had a commanding lead of 56 percent compared to 40 percent for Atiku, before the final district was announced. A message posted on Buhari’s Twitter feed late on Tuesday showed him smiling and surrounded by applauding staff at his campaign office.



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Early tally in Nigerian election puts Buhari ahead, opposition rejects it

Early tally in Nigerian election puts Buhari ahead, opposition rejects itSaturday’s election, which U.S. observers said had lost some credibility after being abruptly delayed by a week by officials citing organizational glitches, was expected to be Nigeria’s tightest since the end of military rule two decades ago. Northeast Nigeria has also been wracked a decade-long battle with Islamist militants has spilled into neighboring countries and led to the deployment of a regional task force. Buhari, 76, is a former military ruler seeking a second term on an anti-corruption platform, while Atiku, 72, a businessman and ex-vice president, has pledged above all to expand the role of the private sector.



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Early tally in Nigerian election puts Buhari ahead, opposition rejects it

Early tally in Nigerian election puts Buhari ahead, opposition rejects itSaturday’s election, which U.S. observers said had lost some credibility after being abruptly delayed by a week by officials citing organizational glitches, was expected to be Nigeria’s tightest since the end of military rule two decades ago. Northeast Nigeria has also been wracked a decade-long battle with Islamist militants has spilled into neighboring countries and led to the deployment of a regional task force. Buhari, 76, is a former military ruler seeking a second term on an anti-corruption platform, while Atiku, 72, a businessman and ex-vice president, has pledged above all to expand the role of the private sector.



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Special police force deployed in Nigerian state of Kaduna: Buhari on Twitter

Special police force deployed in Nigerian state of Kaduna: Buhari on TwitterA special police force has been deployed to flashpoints in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday in the wake of communal violence over the last few days that has killed 55 people, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter. The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state’s capital city, also called Kaduna.



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Nigerian president Buhari to seek re-election in 2019

Nigerian president Buhari to seek re-election in 2019By Abraham Achirga and Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed on Monday he will seek another term in elections next year, ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health. The announcement by Buhari, a northern Muslim who became the first opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent at the ballot box, was widely expected although stocks on the Nigerian market fell 1.01 percent on Monday to a three-month low. Buhari took office in May 2015 after vowing to improve security and crackdown on endemic corruption, but Africa’s top oil producer fell into its first recession in 25 years in 2016, largely caused by low crude prices and militant attacks in the Niger Delta, and its recovery remains fragile.



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Nigeria's Buhari to run for re-election next year

Nigeria's Buhari to run for re-election next yearNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared Monday he would seek re-election next year, in a move that put an end to months of speculation amid concerns over his health. The 75-year-old former general and one-time military head of state made the announcement in the national capital Abuja following a meeting with the national executive of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party. Buhari, nicknamed “Baba Go Slow” for his lethargic pace in office, will have to convince his divided party he is fit to run after spending months in London last year seeking medical treatment for an undisclosed illness.



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Nigeria's Buhari meets released Dapchi schoolgirls

Nigeria's Buhari meets released Dapchi schoolgirlsBy Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met 107 schoolgirls on Friday freed by Islamist militant group Boko Haram and promised to secure the release any of their classmates still held in the remote northeast. “This cheering and hearty development signifies our commitment to the security and well-being of all Nigerians,” Buhari said after posing in Abuja for a group photograph with the girls, who spent a month in Boko Haram captivity. Boko Haram fighters stunned residents of Dapchi on Wednesday when they drove a line of trucks into the town and released the girls, triggering tears and ululations of joy from relatives.



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Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girls

Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girlsNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari received the released Dapchi girls on Friday in a meeting clouded by the absence of a Christian student still held by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam. This strategy paid off as the girls are being released without any incident,” Buhari said to reporters at the presidential villa in Abuja. The girls, dressed in brightly coloured hijabs, enthusiastically sang the national anthem before posing for photos with Buhari outside in a garden.



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Nigeria's Buhari to pass through London after U.N. General Assembly trip

Nigeria's Buhari to pass through London after U.N. General Assembly tripNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will pass through London, where he spent five months on medical leave this year, on his way home from the United Nations General Assembly, his spokesman said on Friday. Buhari will depart for New York on Sunday, his spokesman said in an emailed statement. Spokesman Femi Adesina said Buhari would hold a lunch meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders, adding: “President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.” Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by cabinet ministers and the governors of three states.



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