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Nigerians shocked by speech-less start to Buhari's second term

Nigerians shocked by speech-less start to Buhari's second term

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<p><strong>Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari surprised many when he did not deliver a speech at his inauguration on Wednesday.</strong></p> <p>The 76-year-old former military leader faces a long list of challenges, including combating a sluggish economy, high unemployment and a decade-old Islamic insurgency.</p> <p>Buhari will need to create jobs if he is to turn around the country’s fortunes over the next four years. Nearly a quarter of the workforce is unemployed and most of its 190 million people live on less than $2 a day.</p> <p>“Our expectation is that Mr President will now focus more on the issue of security, employment and agriculture because these are the core areas,” said Basil Ejidike, who chairs the <span class="caps">APC</span> in southern Anambra state.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Reactions to inauguration</h2> <p>Some social media users were critical of the absence of a speech. Software developer Tosin Olugbenga called it was a “missed opportunity”.</p> <p>“It is an opportunity for the president to speak to Nigerians and give further assurance of his commitment to a better Nigeria,” he said in a tweet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No Presidential Inauguration Speech today. First time ever! They have continued to lower the bar…<br /> That’s not Buhari…</p>— <span class="caps">DAT</span>_ABA_BOI (@FREDERICK_METUH) <a href="https://twitter.com/FREDERICK_METUH/status/1133848127734259713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 mai 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With or without a post inauguration speech Buhari is never going to say anything new<br /> <br /> It will always be the same long dreary monologue punctuated by fake assurances and false promises that we are all used to <br /> <br /> A nation in trance</p>— Nafiu T (@nafeezi) <a href="https://twitter.com/nafeezi/status/1133826760150327297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 mai 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Buhari now has a second chance to turn campaign promises into policies aimed at stimulating economic growth.</p> <p>Nigeria’s economy grew by 1.93% last year, its fastest pace since the recession. Growth of 2.1% is forecast by the International Monetary Fund (<span class="caps">IMF</span>) for this year, though that would be among the slowest rates in Africa.</p> <p>Tackling insecurity across much of the country is already a priority. The military is fighting jihadist group Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to Islamic State in the northeast, while contending with communal violence over grazing land in central states.</p> <p>A separate surge of bandit attacks and other violence in the northwest has forced 20,000 to flee to neighbouring Niger since April, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></em></strong></p>
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