After a very competitive election, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan to become the next president of Nigeria, one of the world’s largest democracies, the New York Times reported.
With official counts completed in most states, Buhari surpassed Jonathan by about 2 million votes, the New York Times reported. The vote swept Jonathan out of office due to growing outrage over corruption and lack of action against the violent insurgent group, Boko Haram.
Social media lit up with responses to Buhari’s victory, with users making both playful and poignant requests under the hashtag #BabaNowThatYouAreThere.
— O G H A L E (@vichofu_) March 31, 2015
#BabaNowThatYouAreThere Remember elections can be won on twitter, reduce the cost of DATA
— Fire & Ice (@fidvictor) March 31, 2015
#BabaNowThatYouAreThere I want to be able to visit the Northern part of My country Without fear
— OLOHUNTO… (@MALEEKAH_T) March 31, 2015
This #BabaNowThatYouAreThere hashtag is cracking me up. Nigerians are just the wittiest! I love my people! I love my country. All of it!
— Lola Shoneyin (@lolashoneyin) March 30, 2015