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8 months ago
In an exuberant ceremony of martial music and marches, Nigeria's military ruler turned over power to an elected leader today, opening an era of civilian government in the nation where one in six Africans live.

Seconds after he was handed a copy of Nigeria's 24-day-old Constitution and 20 years after he stepped down as its military ruler, Olusegun Obasanjo, a retired general, was sworn in as President.

After the ceremony, in a symbolic retirement of the military from politics, the outgoing head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, was escorted in a motorcade by the military's highest-ranking officers to his hometown, Minna, about 75 miles west of the capital here.

In the square where the handover of power took place, President Obasanjo -- speaking in English, the one common language in a country with as many as 400 ethnic groups and languages -- declared the day as the ''beginning of a genuine renaissance'' in Nigeria.

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''Today we are taking a decisive step on the path of democracy,'' said Mr. Obasanjo, 62. ''We will leave no stone unturned to insure sustenance of democracy, because it is good for us, it is good for Africa, and it is good for the world.''

General Abubakar became only the second general to give up power voluntarily in Nigeria's postcolonial history. Mr. Obasanjo was the first, in 1979, but the civilian rule that followed lasted only until 1983. The military had ruled since then.
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