Nigeria's new president pledges to crush Boko Haram

April 1, 2015 5:44 PM

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Former general Muhammadu Buhari vowed during his successful campaign for president that he would root out corruption rife within Nigeria's government and snuff out the insurgency by Boko Haram extremists. Now, he'll have a chance to prove whether his record as an anti-corruption crusader and an iron-fisted military ruler will pay off.

"I voted for Buhari because I believe he has what it takes to put the country on the path of genuine growth," said Moses Auta, 29. "Based on his military background, I am sure Buhari will be able to tackle the menace of Boko Haram."

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