Opposition wins ‘vote for change’ in Nigeria

Nigerians celebrate
Nigerians celebrate

The winner of Nigeria’s presidential poll, Muhammadu Buhari, has hailed his victory as a vote for change and proof the nation has embraced democracy.
Mr Buhari also praised outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan as a “worthy opponent” who peacefully relinquished power.Gen Buhari beat Mr Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes,
Observers have generally praised the election, though there have been allegations of fraud.
Mr Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, has become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria.
The former military ruler said: “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him.
“We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put the one-party state behind us.”
He added: “Your vote affirms that you believe Nigeria’s future can be better than what it is today. You voted for change and now change has come.
“You, Nigerians, have won. The people have shown their love for this nation and their belief in democracy.”
On Tuesday, Mr Jonathan said in a statement: “I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.”
He said he had conveyed his “best wishes” to Mr Buhari, and urged “those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process… in seeking redress”.
Muhammadu Buhari in focus:
 Aged 72
 Muslim from northern Nigeria
 Elected president in 28 March poll
 Military ruler of Nigeria from 1984 to 1985
 Deposed in a coup
 Poor human rights record
 Seen as incorruptible
 Disciplinarian – civil servants late for work had to do frog jumps
 Survived an apparent Boko Haram assassination attempt
– BBC News