Nigeria's Buhari Marks Independence Day With Troops in Northeast

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday to meet with troops deployed against Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Mohammadu Buhari

Photographer: Sunday Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images

Buhari helped mark the country’s 57th independence anniversary with the troops, Sani Usman, a spokesman for the army, said by phone from the city.

The Nigerian leader said in a national broadcast earlier Sunday that his government successfully rolled back the advance of the Islamist insurgency, now in its eighth year in Africa’s most populous country with more than 180 million people.

— With assistance by Dulue Mbachu

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