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Nigeria's new leader praises rival

2:36pm IST - 01:46

Nigeria's president-elect praises the rival he ousted for his statesmanship after he conceded defeat. Paul Chapman reports.

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Nigeria's new president-elect is the country's first to oust a rival in a democratic vote. Muhammadu Buhari's praising outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, for his statesmanship on conceding defeat. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NIGERIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT MUHAMMADU BUHARI SAYING: "President Jonathan engaged in a strict campaign and was a worthy opponent. I extend my hand of fellowship to him, looking forward to meeting him very soon as we plan the transition from one administration to another." The election comes three decades after Buhari seized power in a military coup. Jonathan's decision to concede defeat may have helped defuse anger among his own supporters. Buhari's representative at the results announcement says it's time to celebrate. (SOUNDBITE)(English) APC COLLATION AGENT, SENATOR MAMORA, SAYING: "I am sure all Nigerians, and I mean all Nigerians, are happy about it because the victory is also to all Nigerians. So because of our message of change we will have a rebirth and we will have a rebuilding and we will have a restoration of the dignity of the Nigerian." There were scenes of celebration in places like Kaduna city where there was political bloodshed after the 2011 election which Buhari lost. Now he's taking charge of Africa's biggest economy and the problems that come with it. They include a global dive in oil prices that have hit state revenues, and an Islamist insurgency in the north-east.

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Nigeria's new leader praises rival

2:36pm IST - 01:46