Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first politician in Nigeria’s history to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box.

In an unprecedented step, Jonathan phoned Buhari to concede defeat and urged his supporters to accept the result, a signal of deepening democracy in Africa’s most populous nation that few had expected.

READ ALSO  More than 300 Syrians kidnapped by ISIS in Damascus

“President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him,” Buhari, wearing a black cap and kaftan, told reporters and supporters to loud applause.

READ ALSO  Nigeria rise to 63rd on Fifa ranking

“We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put one-party state behind us.”

READ ALSO  Iran's Supreme leader Khamenei approves nuclear deal

The 72-year-old general, who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup, campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria’s corrupt politics.


SHARE
AdAre you a One Minute Man? This Nafdac Approved Solution Would Help you Last 30mins+ with no side effects