Nigeria’s President Buhari admits failing to end jihadist violence

Protests by Nigerians at home and abroad over worsening security prompted President Buhari into a rare admission that he had failed to curb the crisis.

In a climbdown from claims that his security forces had “technically defeated” jihadists, Buhari, 78, admitted that violence had spread under his watch.

Yet, even as he extended “heartfelt condolences” to those caught up in rising lawlessness, riot police fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse demonstrators brandishing placards and chanting “Buhari must go”. There were pockets of peaceful protests in cities across Europe and in America for Democracy Day on Saturday, which marked Nigeria’s move to civilian rule in 1999.

“We cannot continue like this … all the bad governance must stop,” said Samson Okafor, who had joined


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