Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)
Abuja — The country's new leader says the nation has put a one-party state behind it and embraced democracy with his election.
Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari says now is the time "to heal wounds" after a hard-fought contest has left emotions high.
He said in his acceptance speech Wednesday that his election is a victory for Nigerians and shows their belief in a better future.
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President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in a televised address to the nation late Tuesday, opening the way for a peaceful and unprecedented transition of power in Africa's richest and most populous state.
Jonathan's concession has defused tensions and fears of post-election violence. Some 1 000 people died and 65 000 were made homeless in riots in the Muslim north after Buhari lost to Jonathan in 2011.