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Vol 48 No 3

Published 2nd February 2007


Nigeria

Buhari's election headlines

Another former military ruler dons a baba riga to run for the presidency and campaign for more accountability

As he elegantly stretches out in a rented Mayfair apartment and insists on discussing 'policy issues not personalities', it is easy to forget that General Muhamadu Buhari headed the fearsome junta that overthrew the ineffectual Shehu Shagari civilian government in 1983. Now Buhari is in civilian politics himself and as the presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party represents a formidable challenge to Umaru Yar' Adua, the candidate of the governing People's Democratic Party.

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