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Muhammadu Buhari’s first year as Nigeria's president in quotes

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, who marks one year in office on 29 May, has battled endemic corruption in government, an insurgency in the north by militant Islamists, a resumption of conflict in the oil-rich south and a worsening economic situation.

Here are five quotes in which he outlined his leadership style, and how he intended to tackle the problems in Africa's most populous state and biggest economy:


1.

"I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody"

Inauguration Ceremony, May 2015
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2.

"I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. I am a former military ruler and a converted democract"

July 2015
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3.

“If Boko Haram continues with suicide bombings, we might consider banning wearing the hijab”

December 2015
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4.

We cannot build an economy where corruption is the working capital"

March 2016

5.

"I am not going to demand any apology... What I am demanding is the return of assets"

After UK PM David Cameron said Nigeria was 'fantastically corrupt'
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