President Goodluck Jonathan conceded the election to Muhammadu Buhari in a move that many say helped deter post-election violence. Buhari asked supporters to extend ‘a hand of friendship and conciliation’ to opposition.
Nigerian residents said Boko Haram fighters were advancing on the northeastern city of Bauchi Sunday. Officials say extremists killed at least 41 people and scared hundreds away from polling stations as Nigeria votes in presidential elections.
Attacks by Boko Haram and violence between the two main opposing parties, compounded technical problems with Nigeria’s new polling machines. But millions of Nigerian citizens voted in a presidential election Saturday.
Nigeria is a country steeped in a history of coups, bloodshed caused by politics, ethnicity, land disputes and, lately, the Boko Haram Islamic uprising, the election is important as Africa's most populous nation consolidates its democracy.
Experts remain skeptical of whether the country is prepared for potential post-election violence. Meanwhile, Nigerian officials have confirmed that hundreds of civilians have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.