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The peaceful and successful conduct of the presidential election and the reactions from the major players has continued to draw praises from leaders around the globe, for Nigeria in general, and particularly for President Goodluck Jonathan, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

They said in separate statements on Wednesday that the orderly conduct of Nigerians during the elections and the acceptance of defeat by Jonathan were remarkable.

The leaders include President of the United States, Barack Obama; the United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron; French President, Francois Hollande; South African President, Jacob Zuma; United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the European Union, the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, the African Union and the Commonwealth.

Obama, in a statement by the White House, said INEC and Jega deserved a special recognition, both nationally and internationally. He commended Jonathan for conceding defeat and Buhari for emerging victorious, urging both men to ensure a peaceful transition.

Also,   Cameron in a statement on said, “This election has been a credit to the Nigerian people and a truly historic moment for Nigerian democracy”.

President Hollande on his part welcomed the commitment of Nigerians and the quality of work of INEC towards the success of the polls.

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma,   congratulated   Buhari on his emergence as the President-elect and Jonathan for his leadership and commitment to “consolidating democracy, peace and stability in Nigeria.”

The UN Secretary-General,   Ki-moon, congratulated Buhari and called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.

Also, the Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, former Ghanaian President John Kuffuor , and   the African Union and the Commonwealth congratulated Nigeria’s National Peace Committee for its work.

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