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"I’m an avid listener of VOA," says new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is interviewed by VOA’s Aliyu Mustapha, June 12 in Abuja, Nigeria.

“My daily life starts at 6am by dedicating 30 minutes to listening to VOA,” President Buhari told VOA Hausa reporter Aliyu Mustapha at the presidential villa in Abuja.

President Buhari chose VOA for his very first one-on-one interview, after his inauguration, to an international broadcaster. “I am an avid listener of VOA because you are fair, professional and balanced, which all add up to the fact that you are the station I love to fear,” he said.

Speaking on a wide range of issues, President Buhari addressed the high unemployment rate among young Nigerians and promised to involve young people in his administration, saying that he is not going to limit his ministerial appointees to, in his words, "old men like me."

The entire exclusive interview can be found here.