Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari (R) gestures in Abuja on April 1, 2015. AFP/STRINGER
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Nigerians had to forgive former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari many sins for him to win this weekend's election.Over the ensuing years, Buhari reinvented himself as a democrat, and his four attempts to take power peacefully demonstrated a commitment to the ballot box if nothing else.With many Nigerians upset at Jonathan's performance, especially overcorruption and security, more and more were prepared to overlook Buhari's past, and its cobwebs of military austerity and authoritarianism.The son of a canoe maker and the first president since the 1999 restoration of democracy never to have worn an army uniform, Jonathan started his first term with much good will in his favor. But it was quickly eroded, as he failed to face up to an Islamist insurgency in the northeast and corruption flourished.A perceived failure to take the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency seriously at first did not bother many Nigerians as most were not directly affected.
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