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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Opposition wins Nigeria election

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 Mr Jonathan trailed Gen Buhari by about two million votes when he conceded. Observers have generally praised the election but there have been allegations of fraud, which some fear could lead to protests and violence. A spokesman for Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party praised Mr Jonathan, saying: “He will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically.” The APC issued a statement after the result was announced, calling for “calm, sober celebrations” and warning supporters not to attack opponents. “He or she is not with me, whoever does that,” the new president said. It is the fourth time the former military ruler, 72, has sought the presidency. He ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983. Mr Jonathan had led Nigeria since 2010, initially as acting leader before winning elections in 2011. Nigeria has suffered from several attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in its drive to establish an Islamic state. Many voters have said that they believe Gen Buhari is better positioned to defeat Boko Haram. The verdict on Mr Buhari’s 20 months as military ruler is mixed.

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