>> Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that he intends to run for a second term in office. Now he came to power, in May 2015 and during his tenure, Nigeria's economy has entered recession and left recession, and there have been a number of security flare ups. My name is Alexis Akwagyiram, I'm the Reuter's Nigeria bureau chief, and I'm reporting from a market in Makurdi, which is the capital of the state of Benue.
Benue, is one of the swing states ultimately, that will come to characterize and define their selection. Walking around here and speaking to people who were shopping, the security issue comes up repeatedly. Benue state has been beset by communal clashes between, semi nomadic Fulani herdsmen, and settled farmers. Now this has gone on over years and years and years, but has fled up in particular, in the last few months, during which hundreds of people have been killed.
And a number of people have criticized Buhari, saying he has not been hard enough, on the herdsman. Security was, a massive plus point for Buhari back in 2015. He's a former Military general, and he said that he would crush the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, and he would bring security across the country.
Now, Boko Haram continues to have a presence in the northeast, although it has failed to hold the territory that it once did prior to Buhari. So that and many other t hings will have to be overcome by Buhari, if he is going to be successfully reelected, in February, 2019.