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Why It Will Take a Kindler, Gentler Buhari to Turn Nigeria Around

Muhammadu Buhari has a second chance to prove to Nigeria that he can end corruption, revive the economy, and defeat Boko Haram. But to do so, he'll have to show his softer side.

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Why the United States and Nigeria Will Never #BringBackOurGirls

A series of blunders by Goodluck Jonathan and his failure to work with the Pentagon led to the tragedy that allowed Boko Haram to kidnap over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. Now, there's little hope that they'll all be found.

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Buhari Is the Man to Defeat Boko Haram

Tens of thousands of people have died in Nigeria’s war against homegrown extremists. But the country may have finally elected a leader who can turn things around.

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The General Returns to Abuja

Buhari's win -- and Jonathan's gracious exit -- were watershed moments for Nigerian democracy. But with Boko Haram still raging and the economy tanking, the new president better be ready to roll up his sleeves.

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Fourth Time’s the Charm: Buhari Ousts Jonathan in Nigerian Election

Africa’s most populous nation has voted out their incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for a former military dictator, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Nigeria’s Election: Brought To You By These Hired Guns

Heading into a pivotal vote, the government of Nigeria is pulling out all the stops in its war on Boko Haram. That means turning to mercenaries.

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Waiting for Goodluck in Nigeria

Nigeria’s resurgent president has made the most of a six-week election postponement, taking the fight to Boko Haram and stumping across the country. But are Nigerians too fed up with corrupt government to re-elect him?

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