There is a new President-elect of Nigeria. His name is General Muhammadu Buhari. His victory, announced yesterday, was a historic one conducted under the watchful eyes of all Nigerians and the world. Equally historic was the way the current President, Goodluck Jonathan, handled the defeat. It is a new day in Nigeria and I am truly very proud of my Nigerian people. I am still processing it all and look forward to sharing a few thoughts with you. In the meantime, read the congratulatory message by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the election of president-elect, His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari; and his equally glowing words to President Goodluck Jonathan.
“My hearty congratulations to His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari, for being elected the next president of our beloved county, Nigeria. You have led our party, the All Progressives Congress to an unprecedented victory within two years of it’s official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy.
The great Nnamdi Azikiwe once wrote that “history will continue to vindicate the just”. Your victory in the polls, with votes from across the length and breadth of our country, bears witness to the acceptance of not just our party, the APC, but also your ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption as the bedrock for national rebirth.
At this historic moment, it is most important to say a hearty thank you to every Nigerian who voted for the APC. Your votes have not just elected the first opposition party into federal power, but has also set a precedent which will have positive implications for democracy across Africa.
Dear GMB, the journey has just begun. Millions of Nigerians have put their trust in you, because they were not satisfied with the status quo. You represent the hope of a new generation of Nigerians, and you cannot afford to fail them. Our party has made a promise of change to our young people, to secure and rebuild our country, create jobs and opportunity, and improve citizens’ welfare. We will stand behind you to ensure we keep those promises, just like we did during these elections.
Our country needs a new direction. We have voted for you, and our party won the election, but when you assume our highest office, you must become the president of not just the APC, but all of Nigeria, including the people who did not vote for you. We look up to you to heal the fractures of our country, and truly unite this country like never before.
To President Jonathan, I want to specially thank you for conducting a historic election. by not interfering with the wishes of Nigerians. History will be kind to you.
It is my sincere hope that we will all come together as one country, to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
God bless Nigeria.”