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Nigeria puts the One-Party State behind them, sets sights on Boko Haram

Yesterday marks the first time in Nigerian history that a president has succeeded his predecessor through an undisputed, democratic ballot election. Former President Goodluck Jonathan has peacefully accepted defeat in the recent presidential election, and urged his supporters to follow suit. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which Jonathan represented, had been in power since 1999 upon the end of a period of military rule. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari addressed the media today, congratulating his opponent on his efforts and exclaiming how proud he was of his country, “we have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put [the] one-party state behind us.” The peaceful transfer of leadership coupled with Buhari’s commitment in fighting the corruption of the Nigerian elites sends a promising message to the international community, highlighting the direction the country is headed under its new leadership.

Even more important than bringing political and economic stabilization to Nigeria, this new administration has declared that it is prepared to do what ever it takes to combat and rid the country of Boko Haram’s presence. This effort will become more relevant in the international justice scene soon, as Buhari and his administration move forward in bringing Boko Haram to justice.


One response to “Nigeria puts the One-Party State behind them, sets sights on Boko Haram

  1. krissylik April 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    This election exhibited a peaceful transfer of power and an overall forward step towards a functioning democracy. However, while there have been no violent or or political uprisings, certain ethnic groups have found themselves marginalized in lieu of the election. The Igbo people in Lagos were threatened with death if they did not vote for the APC party member, Ambode in the upcoming gubernatorial election. These threats came no doubt as a result of the presidential win for the PDP. The Igbo ethnic group makes up most of southeast Nigeria, is credited with swinging Nigeria in favor of Jonathan, and is now facing consequences.

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