Nigeria: Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari wins presidential poll

  • In a historic triumph, Muhammadu Buhari, the former military ruler of Nigeria, has become the first opposition leader to win the country’s presidential poll.

    In a sign that democracy has deepened in Africa’s largest country, Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent president, called the 72-year-old general over phone to congratulate him.

    Though there have been accusations of electoral malpractices, the poll has largely been praised by observers.

    In a statement, Buhari’s APC party warned supporters not to target their defeated opponents, and urged them to celebrate in a “calm, sober” manner.

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