Former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win the presidential election in Nigeria.
Gen. Buhari’s party said his opponent, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, had admitted defeat and congratulated him, after Mr Jonathan lost by 12.8 million votes to 15 million.
According to news reports from the BBC’s Nigeria correspondent Will Ross, both men had agreed to respect the outcome of the polls and Mr Goodluck has so far been gracious in defeat.
Since independence from Britain in 1960, there have been numerous coups and many elections have been rigged, while there is much bitterness between Christians and extremist Muslims.
In the latest newsletter from mission organisation ACTS, Sid Garland said, ‘My biggest concern is about the reaction to the result. Four years ago, some fanatical supporters went on the rampage. The violence was described in the international press as “electoral violence”, but it very quickly assumed religious dimensions’.