General Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan and become the President of Nigeria. Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box. Jonathan had seized the power three decades back in a military coup. Goodluck Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been in charge since the end of army rule in 1999 but had been losing popularity due to corruption scandals and the rise of Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in the northeast.
The National Democratic Institute, which sent a monitoring team to Nigeria, said that “Nigerians showed perseverance, creativity and discipline“. In the last election, allegations of vote-rigging around Buhari’s loss to Jonathan set off a wave of violence that left around 800 people dead.
Knowledge is Wealth
- Nigeria, officially called the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country located in West Africa.
- The capital of Nigeria is Abuja and Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria.
- The Naira is the official currency of Nigeria. It is subdivided into 100 kobo.
- Nigeria is a member of both the British Commonwealth and the African Union.
- Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.
- Nigerian movie industry is named as Nollywood.
- In April 2014, Nigeria becomes the Africa’s biggest economy.
- Nigeria is referred as “Giant of Africa“, owing to the country’s population and its economy.