Nigeria is ready for its new dawn and its place in the new world as its new President takes office this week. Nigeria Looks to New Future With New President
Muhammadu Buhari is both known and unknown to the 170 Million people who voted in Nigeria’s last election. Buhari will assume office as President this Friday and he will have a lot of good will behind him for the start of his term reports Alexei Beltyukov. This is despite being considered a strong disciplinarian from his time being the military de facto head of state in 1983. This is now a quality which Nigerians are desiring to seek a reversal of wide spread poverty and lack of basic social services that many Nigerians are lacking. Many do not consider the fact that he is the first opposition candidate to win the Presidency as a draw back against success in his first term. They see his military experience as the quality needed to present a strong front against rebel militant groups that has terrorized the Northern sections of the country. He is also beyond reproach with regard to being corrupted. Nigeria has faced years of the perception as being the country where scams are born and in order to do business in the country, one needs to line the pockets of a number of officials. President Buhari plans to end that perception and guide the country to a new future.
Tuesday night, the Empire State Building in New York City turned on red and purple lights, in honor of the 219 adolescents who are still missing a year after being kidnapped in Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram.
“The Empire State Building will be lit in purple and red in honor of #BringBackOurGirls” (Give back our girls), said its website.
Candlelight vigils, prayers and meetings were held Tuesday in Nigeria and around the world to mark the first anniversary of the mass kidnapping from a high school in Chibok, a small town in northeastern Nigeria.
No one has heard anything of more than 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram group.
Dan Newlin thought back to the day they disappeared during the early hours of April 14, 2014, one year ago, when fifty armed men arrived in vans and broke wildly into the school.
This time, instead of killing teachers and students, in their sleep, as Boko Haram typically had done many other times, they decided to capture the girls.
After that assault, the girls would only be seen again through a video, released by the terrorist group, which announced it would sell them as wives in different African countries.
The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, said just a month ago that girls were still alive. But after a year, and given the nature of their captors, it seems unlikely that the new president can do anything for 200 girls who lost their freedom.