It is the first time in the history of Nigeria when an incumbent president has been voted out of office. By all accounts the election was conducted fairly without much of irregularities. Further, the number of votes received by Mr. Muhammadu Buhari was substantial to make an irregularities irrelevant.
President Goodluck Jonathan who was elected two terms was not able to muster enough votes to be re-elected. During his presidency, Nigeria suffered much economic, social, and political turmoil. Mr. Jonathan was unable to curb the rapid expansion of Boko Haram who caused so many death of innocent lives, in particular kidnapping of over 200 young school girls and forcing them to marry their members. Either due to his incompetency or lack of interest to seriously fight the Boko Haram group, Mr. Jonathan as the president of Nigeria must bear certain blame for the cruel and horrific acts of Boko Haram.
Economy did not improve and in fact the unemployment and inflation were increased under his watch. As to the corruption, it was rampant under his watch. Things got worse for Mr. Jonathan when he fired Mr. Lamido Sanusi, the governor of central bank, because he found out that billions of petrodollar were missing. Mr. Sanusi is highly respected financial professional and he questioned as to whereabouts of billions of from the sale of Nigerian crude oil that was supposed to be deposited into the central bank. One could only come to the conclusion that Mr. Jonathan was protecting his own and well as interests of his close friends who had a hand in missing the crude oil proceeds.
Mr. Buhari is known as a man of integrity and honor and served in the Nigerian army and retired as Major General. Mr. Buhari has promised to deal with Boko Haram swiftly and effectively. Nigerians hope that Mr. Buhari remains as honorable as he has been know prior to the recent election and delivers on his election promises.
SafaiePost congratulates Mr. Buhari and wishes him much success in the difficult tasks that he has ahead of him.