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Nigerian presidential election winner
Muhammadu Buhari has made his first address
to the nation, saying that Boko Haram would
soon know the strength of Nigerians' collective
will.

Results announced on Tuesday, showed the 72-
year-old defeated President Goodluck Jonathan
in a win described by the UN as "testament to
the maturity of Nigeria's democracy".
Speaking in the capital Abuja on Wednesday,
Buhari said his government would "spare no
effort" to defeat the armed group.
"Boko Haram will soon know the strength of
our collective will and commitment to rid this
nation of terror and bring back peace," Buhari
said in his first formal speech since winning
the election.
"We should spare no effort. In tackling the
insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to
do."
Buhari also said that his administration would
not tolerate corruption, an issue outgoing
Jonathan was widely criticised for.
The president-elect described Jonathan as "a
great Nigerian" and said that the outgoing
president "has nothing to fear from me".
Buhari added: "Democracy and the rule of law
will be established in the land.
"Let's put the past behind us, especially the
recent past. We must forget our old battles and
past grievances and forge ahead."
The margin of victory - Buhari received 15.4
million votes to Jonathan's 13.3 million - was
enough to prevent any legal challenge.

Talk to Al Jazeera: Muhammadu Buhari

In an unprecedented step, Jonathan called
Buhari on Tuesday to concede defeat and
issued a statement urging his supporters to
accept the result, a signal of deepening
democracy in Africa's most populous nation
that few had expected. Jonathan is set to
officially handover the seat on May 29.
"Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any
Nigerian," he said in a statement issued after
his election defeat.
Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP)
has been in charge since the end of army rule
in 1999 but had been losing support due to
several oil-sector corruption scandals and
killings by rebel group Boko Haram in the
northeast.
Unprecedented victory
Former military ruler Buhari became the first
Nigerian to defeat a sitting president through
the ballot box.
Victory for Buhari marks the first time in
Nigeria's history that an opposition party has
democratically taken control of the country
from the ruling party.
Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from
Lagos, said there was shock that Jonathan had
congratulated Buhari and that violence had not
followed the announcement.
In the 2011 election, more than 800 people
were killed in protests after Buhari was
defeated by Jonathan.
"The announcement has been greeted with
celebrations across the country," Mutasa said.
"Many people are excited and hope this will
mark a new beginning and move the country
forward."

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