On Tuesday, voters in Nigeria selected the country's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as the new president, unseating divisive incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. "With all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states counted," The New York Times reported on Tuesday, "Buhari held a lead of more than two million votes."
Buhari's Historic Win
The defeat of Jonathan, who has ruled Africa's biggest economy and largest democracy since 2010, was particularly noteworthy for the fact that it was the first time in Nigeria's history that an incumbent had lost a re-election bid.
Boko Haram and Other Challenges
Buhari will assume the presidency of a country beset by corruption, failing oil prices, and six years of insurgency waged by Boko Haram.
“We have seen how Boko Haram managed to fight the Nigerian army to a standstill,” Campbell said, noting that "rebuilding security services will be a high priority" for the next president. He added that Jonathan campaigned on recent successes against the terrorist group, which only came once neighboring countries contributed forces to the fight. The group still holds significant territory in the country's northeast.