Buhari’s first 100 days: Does Nigerian president mean business?

Editor’s Note: Zainab Usman is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research assesses political institutions, the oil economy and economic reform in Nigeria since the transition to democracy in 1999. Usman is also the co-convener of the Oxford University China-Africa Network. Her research interests are in governance, natural resources management, economic development, political institutions, gender and security in sub-Saharan Africa. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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September 5 marks Muhammadu Buhari's first 100 days in office

Nigeria's new president seems to have had a "slow and steady" start, writes Zainab Usman

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As I stood on a queue at the immigration desk at the arrivals section of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja in May 2015, a well-dressed couple who had just arrived skipped the queue and headed straight to the desk. People murmured in exasperation and a woman right in front of me said with indignation: “It’s OK, now that Buhari is president, all these things will stop.”

Her statement reflected the general mood of optimism I witnessed around the country – on the streets and days later, at the Eagle Square, where Muhammadu Buhari took the oath of office – that Nigeria’s new president would solve the country’s numerous problems.