Can a Muslim president defeat Boko Haram? Nigerians are betting on it


Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party celebrate in Kano on March 31, 2015. Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-NIGERIA-BUHARI, originally transmitted on April 1, 2015.

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(RNS) Nigerians, both Christian and Muslim, hope their new president is better-suited to battle Boko Haram insurgents, despite being a Muslim himself.