Nigeria held this Monday (29/05) the inauguration ceremony of Bola Tinubu as the country’s new president, starting a term that will last for the next four years, until May 2027.
Tinubu was elected in February this year, after winning the presidential election with 36.6% of the vote, against 29.1% for the conservative Atiku Abubakar and 25.4% for the liberal Peter Obi. The result was confirmed by the country’s National Electoral Commission, despite accusations of fraud by opposing parties.
Tinubu’s rise represents the continuation of the center-left project of the Congress of All Progressives (APC, for its acronym in English). The party came to power in 2015, with the election of Muhammadu Buhari, who was re-elected in 2019.
In his inauguration speech, Tinubu assured that he wants to start a dialogue with the opposing groups. “I extend my hand across the political divide. I ask you to understand this gesture as an attempt to seek fraternity and national unity.”
Nigeria has been going through economic problems in recent years, mainly due to a new program to replace old naira banknotes with new banknotes, which has presented serious problems in its implementation, generating a shortage of money and, consequently, social conflicts in some parts of the country. cities.
During the campaign, Tinubu promised to solve the problems with the currency replacement program later this year, and to spur a new wave of growth in the Nigerian economy.
“We are going to bet on industrialization and the diversification of the economy, to significantly reduce unemployment”, assured the new president.
With information from TeleSur and Al Jazeera.