President Umaru Yar Adua [AFP]

Nigeria's first new president in eight years was sworn in at a ceremony in the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday. 

Umaru Yar Adua said he would "serve the nation with honesty, transparency, accountability and with absolute fear of God".

Many people see Yar Adua as a man of honesty, modesty and integrity, qualities that are considered rare in Nigeria, where politicians are often deeply involved in the country's almost endemic corruption.

He has promised reforms within 100 days.

But with corruption, poverty and unemployment rampant, can he push those changes through or will it be more of the same?

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