Nigeria's Buhari vows to bring change, defeat Boko Haram


Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to fighting the Boko Haram insurgency and corruption, promising Nigerians that he would restore the rule of law and democracy.

"Today, history has been made and change has finally come," Buhari said in a televised acceptance speech in capital Abuja.

"Your votes have changed our national destiny for the good of all Nigerians," he added, addressing himself to Nigerian voters.

"Democracy and the rule of law will be reestablished in the land," said Buhari.

Early Wednesday, Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC) officially declared Buhari – the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) – the winner of Saturday's presidential poll.

He won 15,424,921 votes out of a total of 28,587,564 valid ballots cast, according to INEC, while incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan – his main electoral rival – won 12,853,162.

Buhari won 21 states, while Jonathan clinched 15 states, along with capital Abuja.

"I shall work for those who voted for me, as well as those who voted against me – and even for those who did not vote at all," the president-elect vowed.

"There shall be no bias against or favoritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status," he asserted.  

Buhari voiced his regret that several people had been killed or injured in nationwide victory celebrations.

Read more: Anadolu Agency

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