With the election body INEC declaring him the winner, the re-election of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was not a surprise result to many but after he was voted in for a second term he declared himself; “humbled to know that the country see me worthy to continue serving it for a second term.
“I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years,” Buhari said in a statement. “I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.”
First elected in 2015 on an anti-corruption platform the 76-year-old, who defeated Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and businessman, by about 4 million votes, previously ruled the country as a military strongman in the 1980s before re-emerging in politics, saying he embraced democratic values.
Buhari defeated former vice president and businessman, Atiku Abubakar, a by about 4 million votes.
Abubakar, subsequently, threatened to challenge the result in court.
Nigeria’s re-elected president won a second term to lead the most populous country in Africa, the country’s elections authority said, while his main opponent promised to challenge the result in court.
The new Administration promises to intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption. “We have laid down the foundation,” was the message “and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.”
More than 15 million Nigerians chose Muhammadu Buhari as their president in 2019, close to the number that elected him in 2015, indicating that four years in office have not diminished his appeal.