The former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has won the general election for the Presidency of Nigeria beating incumbent Goodluck Johnathan. Buhari, now 72, avoided a run off by carrying 25% of the vote in all 24 states and managed to win the election by just over 2 million votes.
Buhari did thank Johnathan for all his hard work, saying a national election like this would not have taken place without all of his hard work as this is the first time an incumbent has been defeated in a general election. Buhari previously ran the government in the 80s for almost two years, replacing the then leader in a coup before he himself was ousted.
Buhari does have his work cut out for him after carrying most of the northern states, ones which have suffered greatly from Islamic-extremist attacks from the group Boko Haram. There are some concerns for the new president as he has had a generally poor human rights record during his 20 month tenure as President in the 80s and he is also seen as a strict disciplinarian but he himself was once targeted by Boko Haram in an assassination attempts so some will feel his goals will be the same for a now democratic moving Nigeria.