Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (L) presents a gift to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president on Friday, vowing to tackle the country's many problems "head on", including Boko Haram, at a ceremony rich with military pomp and cultural tradition.A 21-gun salute rang out across the capital, Abuja, after he took the oath of office before the chief justice of Nigeria to begin a four-year term beset with difficulties from the outset.The former military ruler -- Nigeria's second after Olusegun Obasanjo to become elected president -- faces several crises, from severe economic turmoil to Boko Haram's still-raging insurgency.Buhari has described himself as a "converted democrat" and vowed to lead an administration committed to the needs of Nigeria's 173 million people by cracking down on the scourge of corruption.His election victory on March 28 was the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had defeated a sitting president and has been hailed as a watershed for democracy.Buhari Friday renewed his pledge to end the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed at least 15,000 lives since 2009 and made some 1.5 million people homeless.
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