Nigerian military leader General Abdulsalami Abubakar, quoted by the BBC, said after the voting that: “democracy is here to stay and it will stay. This is the first step in our democratisation programme and I’m happy to say that quite a lot of people turned out.” Before the Saturday elections, Abubakar called in a national address on political parties to “believe in the principle that the end does not justify the means. Those who win should learn to be magnanimous in victory, while losers should be gallant in defeat.”
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