Surveying the charred ruins of the northern Nigerian town of Malam Fatori, which Chadian troops and his own soldiers from Niger liberated from Boko Haram last week, Colonel Toumba Mohamed paused to reflect on Nigeria’s landmark election.-

As the two nations’ forces poured into the border town on Tuesday, driving out the Islamist fighters, Nigeria’s election commission was announcing the victory of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari.

“We hope that finally the armies of Chad and Niger will be able to fight Boko Haram side by side with the Nigerian army,” said Toumba, who expects to see changes when Buhari, a former general and Muslim from the north, is sworn in. Read More →

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