Fractious Handover Clouds Buhari's Nigeria Succession

As he entered his final week in office, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan offered up a prayer for the success of Muhammadu Buhari, the former military ruler who takes the helm of Africa's biggest economy on Friday. However, if Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) is to be believed, that goodwill did not stretch as far as the thousands of pro-Jonathan bureaucrats preparing for Nigeria's first democratic transfer of power. Citing weeks of strike action by fuel distributors that crippled the economy, the APC accused outgoing officials of creating an "atmosphere of contrived chaos" to sully 72-year-old Buhari's moment of political triumph. Although the strike by fuel distributors, who said they were owed $1 billion by the government, ended this week, it caused massive disruption to Nigeria's 170 million people, grounding flights, forcing banks to close and cutting phone signals. It also served as a reminder to Buhari of the challenges he will face in Africa's top crude producer, including a weakening currency and an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamist militants that has claimed thousands of lives.



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