Nigerian print media played a crucial role in monitoring violence, and thereby deterring it.
While the 2019 presidential election wasn't perfect, it showed that democracy is gradually being entrenched in Nigeria.
In the end, Buhari possibly won simply because the Peoples Democratic Party wasn't offering a viable alternative.
Regardless of how the elections are conducted on the new dates announced, losing parties will blame the postponement for their defeat.
This is not the first time a Nigerian poll has been postponed but it is certainly the most dramatic.
Despite the large number of aspirants for Nigeria's 2019 elections, women and young people remain underrepresented.
Young aspirant politicians lack support structure and the money, both of which remain strong factors in deciding politics in Nigeria.
Nigeria is far from ready to hold a credible ballot in 2019.