TIME magazine, in its list of ‘100 most influential people in the world” for 2015, has described the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate in the just-ended 2015 elections, General Muhammadu Buhari, as “the first candidate to oust a sitting Nigerian President through the ballot box”.
The report was made public on Thursday April 16. The magazine wrote that Buhari would now have to “live up to voters’ expectations, from tackling endemic corruption, to battling Boko Haram insurgency. Buhari has many challenges ahead”.
One of the major challenges the president-elect may also face is associated with his military past.
“Already the born-again democrat is demonstrating the inclusivity necessary to lead a nation riven by ethnic and religious tensions.”
Unbelievably, Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, is also on the list. He is described as “the most violent killer” Nigeria has ever seen or known.
Below is the excerpt from his TIME magazine:
“Shekau, who is believed to be in his 30s, began to stage increasingly daring kidnapping and killing raids on schools, churches and mosques thought by Boko Haram to be violating their interpretation of Islam. The taking of over 200 schoolgirls in April 14 2014 brought Boko Haram into the international spotlight.
“By most accounts, Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 people and is spreading into neighboring countries. Shekau’s latest action may finally summon a U.S. response: he has publicly aligned his group with ISIS, the terrorist group that holds territory in Syria and Iraq and has expanded its reach into Yemen and Libya.”
Oby Ezekwesili, the chief campaigner of the BringBackOurGirls campaign, whose name also came up, was praised over for drawing international attention to the abducted Chibok girls.
TIME magazine added that but for the former minister’s intervention, it would have taken a long time to draw attention to the issue.