Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, which drew to a close this weekend, have been hailed as historic. The victory of Muhammadu Buhari, in the March presidential poll, was viewed as a landmark – the initial time a sitting president had been voted out of office.
This has inspired hopes for a new era of democratic evolution. Citing Nigeria as a trailblazer, it has even prompted talk of an “African spring”.
Recent protests ousting Burkinabe ruler Blaise Compaore and peaceful elections in Kenya have been quoted as further positive signs.