President Goodluck Jonathan, flanked by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi (at his right) and Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima at (center of the picture), gestures as he speaks to internal displaced people from Bag ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Abuja - Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.
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President Goodluck Jonathan called Buhari on Tuesday to concede defeat in the weekend election, Buhari's camp said, an unprecedented step that should help to defuse anger among disgruntled Jonathan supporters.
In the religiously mixed city of Kaduna, where 800 people were killed in violence after the last elections in 2011, Buhari's supporters streamed onto the streets, waving flags, dancing and singing in celebration.
"At about 5 minutes to 5, President Jonathan called General Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the elections, to congratulate him," APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told reporters at the party's headquarters in Abuja.
"There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede but he will remain a hero for this move," he added. "The tension will go down dramatically."
Around him, women in brightly coloured dresses danced and sang, ululating in celebration.