ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo took the oath of office for a second term Thursday -- pledging to heal the wounds of an election that was marred by fraud but was still considered a democratic milestone in Africa's most populous nation.
More than a dozen fellow African leaders watched as Obasanjo, in traditional white robes, raised his hand before an invitation-only crowd under high security here in the capital.
Obasanjo called his reelection "affirmation our leadership is trustworthy" -- after a first term widely acknowledged to have failed at curbing rampant corruption and violence.
Obasanjo's 1999 election to a first four-year term ended 15 years of brutal, corrupt military rule. He was reelected April 19 in a vote that opposition candidates rejected as fraudulent.