President-elect Buhari: ‘A new day and a new Nigeria are upon us’ – A beacon for Africa in 2015 and after!

1 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Christian Purefoy and Holly Yan

For the first time in Nigeria’s history, the opposition has defeated the ruling party in democratic elections.

Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission said. He defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by about 2 million votes.

The win comes after a long history of military rule, coups and botched attempts at democracy in Africa’s most populous nation.

“A new day and a new Nigeria are upon us,” Buhari said after his win Tuesday. “The victory is yours, and the glory is that of our nation.”

Earlier, Jonathan phoned Buhari to concede defeat. The outgoing president also offered a written statement to his nation.

“I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country, and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure,” Jonathan said.

“I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.”

Buhari, 72, will be sworn in on May 29. He will take the helm at a critical time, as Nigeria grapples with the violent militant group Boko Haram, serious economic woes and corruption.

Read the full article on CNN.

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