The election last month of Nigeria’s opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari was a democratic revolution in modern Nigerian and African politics. It represents a victory for the Nigerian people and a victory for burgeoning democracy in Africa.

Despite what may be said about the process, the citizens voted for a new leader, and indications are that the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, has conceded peacefully. For this nascent democracy to effect a change in leadership from an incumbent to another candidate is proof-positive that Nigeria is maturing. This is a first for such change.

Nigerians have grown tired of endemic corruption and the constant threat of Boko Haram militants. This election was a big deal for Nigeria and its long-suffering people. It is our hope that this change augers in good governance for the largest economy in Africa.