What Buhari said about president Jonathan: Muhammadu Buhari, who won the presidential election last weekend, has said he was widen a hand of peace to President Goodluck Jonathan after a resentful presidential poll. He also assured Nigerians that Jonathan has “nothing to fear” after losing power.
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Former military ruler spoke after receiving the Certificate of Return as the president-elect, from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The current head of the country received international commend on Tuesday, March 31, after conceding defeat and calling opposition leader to congratulate him even before the official announcement of poll results by the electoral commission.
In his concession speech the incumbent president said he kept his pledge of credible and peaceful polls, and confirmed his seriousness not to plunge the nation into murder over his political bid.
Buhari in what seemed a direct answer to the president’s move, said the nation should put behind the turbulence of electioneering and evaluate the “change” his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promises.
The opposition leader said he holds no grievance against anyone, comprising members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Jonathan’s team.
Buhari said: “But despite the rancour of the elections, I extend a hand of friendship and conciliation to President Jonathan and his team. I hereby wish to state that I harbour no ill will against anyone.
“Let me state clearly that President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me. Although we may not agree on the methods of governing the nation, he is a great Nigerian and still our president.”
The former military ruler said President Jonathan earns the support and “permanent respect” of all Nigerians by merit of the government he has held.
“This is how an honourable nation treats its servants and conducts its affairs; and this is how Nigeria should be,” he said, adding that he will meet with the president for both sides to work out a smooth transition,” president elect added.
General Buhari said the nation should put the past, particularly the recent, behind, but must not forget to learn from “old battles and past grievances—and learn to forge ahead”.
He stated that he has also put behind the controversy over his academic eligibility for the poll.
“Some unfortunate issues about my eligibility have been raised during the campaign. I wish to state that through devotion to this nation, everything I have learned and done has been to enable me to make the best possible contribution to public life. If I had judged myself incapable of governing I would never have sought to impose myself on it. I have served in various capacities and have always put in my best,” Buhari said.
APC candidate noted that his administration will be a listening one and will treat all Nigerians equally.
“I pledge myself and our in-coming administration to just and principled governance. There shall be no bias against or favouritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status. I pledge myself and the government to the rule of law, in which none shall be so above the law that they are not subject to its dictates, and none shall be so below it that they are not availed of its protection.
“You shall be able to go to bed knowing that you are safe and that your constitutional rights remain in safe hands. You shall be able to voice your opinion without fear of reprisal or victimisation. My love and concern for this nation and what I desire for it extends to all, even to those who do not like us or our politics,” president-elect continued.
“You are all my people and I shall treat every one of you as my own. I shall work for those who voted for me as well as those who voted against me and even for those who did not vote at all. We all live under one name as one nation: we are all Nigerians.”
It should be mentioned that the importance of Buhari’s victory is emphasized by the fact that this will be the first time in the history of Nigeria’s electoral process that an incumbent president is defeated.
The whole world today, April 1, praised Nigeria’s incumbent leader of democratic and peaceful polls.
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