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Bola Tinubu - the 'godfather' who has been sworn in as Nigeria's president | BBC News - May 29, 2023 |

Bola Tinubu, 71, has been sworn in as Nigeria's president after winning the country's most competitive election since the end of military rule in 1999.

Widely credited with reshaping Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos, Mr Tinubu saw off a divided opposition party and a youth-backed third-party candidate in February's election.

Defeated candidates Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are challenging his victory in court, alleging the result was manipulated.

Mr Tinubu has rejected the allegation, and has hailed the peaceful transfer of power as "our enduring faith in representative government".

He has replaced Muhammadu Buhari, who has stepped down at the end of his two terms.

Africa's most populous country is facing a troubled economy, widespread insecurity and high inflation. Many will want Mr Tinubu to hit the ground running when he takes on one of Africa's most daunting jobs.

Once forced into exile by military ruler Sani Abacha, Mr Tinubu knows the value of freedom and wears it as an insignia on his signature hat - a broken shackle that looks like a horizontal figure of eight.

A trained accountant, it was the activities of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition (Nadeco) group, where he was a member, that brought him into Abacha's crosshairs.

The opposition of groups like Nadeco, and Abacha's death in 1998, ushered in Nigeria's democracy in 1999 and in many ways, Mr Tinubu, a former Mobil oil executive, feels entitled to Nigeria's presidency.

Mr Tinubu - known to his supporters as "Jagaban", which translates to "leader of warriors", a title from the Emir of Borgu in Niger state - will now be looking at unifying a country that is retreating into regional lines and religious blocs, as the election results showed.

But it is not a job that fazes him. He has pointed to his time as Lagos state governor between 1999 and 2007 to sell his candidacy to Nigerians.

Under his tenure, Lagos massively grew its income through huge foreign investment, while a public transport scheme that saw new lanes created for rapid buses eased the notorious traffic jams faced daily by commuters.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 10:05:12 AM EST

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