Following the presidential elections of last weekend, Nigeria’s President-elect has issued a public address and we picked up a few points, viz;
Muhammadu Buhari thinks President Jonathan ‘was a worthy opponent’, and so ‘extends his hand of fellowship to him’.
He looks forward to ‘meeting [President Goodluck] soon as [they both] plan the transition from one administration to another’.
Contrary to widespread claims of Muhammadu Buhari sending Nigerians to prison upon assuming office, the President-elect says [President Jonathan] ‘will receive nothing but cooperation and understanding from [him as he’s] led this nation to democracy’.
Muhammadu Buhari praised Nigerians for enduring in patience the time it took for the entire election to yield results, saying ‘you voted with your heart[s]. Your vote[s] affirm that you believe Nigeria’s future can be better… You voted for change… in a more profound way, it is you, Nigerians that have won.’
‘To me this is historic. Most people will welcome the result…others will literally be disappointed. [In all], I ask that we all be circumspect, respectful and peaceful in these times.’
He holds that ‘this is not the time for confrontation, [as] this is a moment we must begin to heal the wounds and work towards a better future.’
Lastly, Buhari expresses his ‘appreciation to the media, civil society and security agencies for their selfless service, [as well as] the international press for their support throughout the process’.
From 360nobs, management and staff, we felicitate with the President-elect; General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.) on this great feat.
President Goodluck Jonathan also deserves some ovation for his immense role in ensuring this was a peaceful, free and fair exercise; and so we say well done, Sir.
God bless Nigeria.