On Wednesday morning, Attahiru Jega, the chairman of Nigeria’s National Election Commission, announced that Muhammadu Buhari had officially won the election with 15.4 million votes against Goodluck Jonathan’s 12.9 million.
Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, when the result was almost evident, Jonathan conceded defeat and thanked all Nigerians for the opportunity he had to lead them.
The new President Buhari had previously been the military governor of Nigeria for 20 months, from 1984 to 1985 after taking power in a military coup d’état in December 1983. He survived an apparent Boko Haram assassination attempt.
Former military General Buhari’s victory is a very significant moment in the turbulent Nigerian history. Never before had a governing President lost the election.