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The new president!

Par Cédric Gouverneur - Publié en juin 2023
The new leader celebrating at campaign headquarters in Abuja on March 1. KOLA SULAIMON/AFP
The new leader celebrating at campaign headquarters in Abuja on March 1. KOLA SULAIMON/AFP

On May 29, Bola Tinubu, winner of the February 25 th election, was sworn in as president of Africa’s most populous country. The 71-year-old former governor of Lagos State, a seasoned "traditional " politician, faces a challenging situation and must prove that he can also be a reformer.

​​​​​​​Nigeria’s new president could not have been more aptly named. “Tinubu” means "from the depths" in Yoruba, and he did indeed work his way up from the bottom rung of politics. Since the return of democracy in 1999, he has been a power broker both up front and behind the scenes. The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on February 25 he won 8.8 million of the votes, defeating the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, who garnered 6.9 million votes, and third-place finisher Peter Obi of the Labour Party with 6.1 million votes. However, low turn-out tempered the first-round victory: just 27% of registered voters bothered to show up at polling stations. Tinubu’s 8.8 million ballots only represent about 10% of Nigeria’s 87 million eligible voters. Turnout has dwindled with every election. “The fact that nothing...

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