General Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian presidential poll. Buhari wnters the books of history in the country for for winning the election from the from the opposition.
His opponent, Goodluck Jonathan, has conceded defeat and called Gen Buhari to congratulate him on his victory.
Gen Buhari was ahead of Mr Jonathan by at least three million votes.
However, a spokesman for Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party praised Mr Jonathan, saying: “He will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically.”
Observers have generally praised the election but there have been allegations of fraud, which some fear could lead to protests and violence.
For the first time, many Nigerians feel they have the power to vote out a government that is not performing well, our correspondent adds.
Nigeria has suffered from several attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in its drive to establish an Islamic state.
Many voters have said that they believe Gen Buhari is better positioned to defeat Boko Haram.
More to come….