Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)
Lagos - Germany has appealed to Nigeria to ensure
peaceful transition of power following the conclusion of elections.
Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in a tightly-contested
"I congratulate Muhammadu Buhari on his election. The Nigerian electorate
has given him a clear mandate, which must now be fulfilled," said Germany
Foreign Affairs Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Also read: Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote
He noted Buhari and Jonathan had already urged their followers to follow due
process in disputes over the election results.
"I support this call. In view of the great challenges faced by Nigeria,
all those involved must now focus on ensuring there is an orderly transition of
Steinmeier said by conceding defeat at an early stage, Jonathan has taken an
important step in safeguarding the handover of power.