Goodluck Jonathan’s luck has turned bad.
Today, he conceded defeat in Nigeria’s elections. Goodluck Jonathan took office in 2010 and was elected in his own right in 2011. Needless to say, he had the most interesting name of any head of state in the entire world.
He lost to Muhammadu Bahuri, who led the country as its military dictator from 1983 to 1985, whose election campaign was being managed by David Axelrod’s consulting firm.
In recent years, Nigeria was probably best known for its e-mail scams. But I suspect that Nigeria’s election is being paid far more attention because it is the home base of Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group which recently aligned itself with ISIS. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was ineffective in combating Boko Haram and it will be interesting to see if Bahuri’s administration will fare any better. It is worth noting that Goodluck Jonathan is a Christian while Bahuri is a Muslim.
Nevertheless, it is the first time that Nigeria has seen a peaceful transfer of power. The question is whether Bahuri will do the same should he lose an election.
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