May 29, 2019 / 10:12 AM / 9 months ago

Nigeria's Buhari starts a second term packed with challenges

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to vote in the presidential election in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria, February 23, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Wednesday for a second term at the helm a country struggling with a sluggish economy and a decade-long Islamist insurgency.

The 76-year-old former military leader read out his oath but made no other immediate comments at the open air ceremony in the capital Abuja.

He took 56% of votes in February’s presidential election after promising to end violence in the northeast, extend welfare programmes and kickstart growth with a programme of road and rail construction.

But the fighting with the Islamist militants of Boko Haram and other groups has shown no sign of abating.

A separate surge of bandit attacks and other violence in the northwest has forced 20,000 refugees to flee to neighbouring Niger, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. [nL8N2342A1]

Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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