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Nigeria: new president

The Christian Association of Nigeria and the National Christian Elders Forum each issued congratulatory statements to Muhammadu Buhari, who won the presidential election on 28 March. They also praised Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, for relinquishing power peacefully.

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Muhammadu Buhari | photo: Twitter

Buhari swept the majority-Muslim northern states, while Jonathan captured the Christian-majority southeast. The election was won for Buhari in the Christian southwest, home to his vice-presidential running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, pastor of the Redeemed Church of God, a large Pentecostal church in southern Nigeria. A coalition of southwestern clergy, under the banner ‘Christians for Governance, Pastors for Change’, endorsed Buhari.