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Buhari Grapples With Widening Crises as Nigerian Vote Looms

  • Killing of UN workers, schoolgirls kidnapping latest setbacks
  • Buhari hasn’t revealed if he will seek re-election next year
Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu BuhariPhotographer: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg
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Islamist militant attacks, gasoline shortages, worsening violence over grazing land, simmering unrest in the southeast -- the crises keep mounting for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari less than a year before general elections.

The most recent setback came on March 1 when suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants killed three United Nations aid workers and eight soldiers in an attack in the northeastern town of Rann, about two weeks after they kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls aged 11-19 in the same region. The actions have undermined the government’s claim to have “technically defeated” the group.