- As Diaspora Nigerians laud Jonathan for conceding defeat
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday in Abuja said the task ahead of the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government was enormous.
This is contained in its congratulatory message to the APC on the emergence of its presidential candidate, Muhammad Buhari, as winner of the March 28, presidential election.
The statement, signed by Mr Asishana Okauru, the forum`s Director-General, prayed that God would use the APC and Buhari to bring the desired change to the country.
“We congratulate the APC for the emergence of Gen. Buhari at the March 28 presidential election as President-elect, and Prof. Yemi Osibajo, as Vice President-elect.
“We pray that God uses Buhari as President working with other stakeholders, to lead the country across party, religious, ethnic and sectoral lines.
“This is the level of cohesion needed to meet the yearning and expectations of all Nigerians and move our country forward,’’ it said.
It also congratulated the APC, the PDP and other political parties for the success of their various candidates in the National Assembly elections.
The statement said the emergence of Buhari at this point in Nigeria’s political history was nothing but the will of the people and the voice of God.
This, it said, was so considering the fact that Buhari had previously contested the seat three times.
It, however, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for his concession of victory, saying that this was the mark of true sportsmanship.
It, therefore, called on all other political party leaders to follow suit.
The statement further added that the forum was looking forward to a successful conduct of the forthcoming Governorship and State Assembly elections slated for April 11.
Earlier, Mr Myani Bukar of Act Now Nigeria, an NGO, described the emergence of Buhari as Nigeria`s next president, as the most eloquent resolve of Nigerians for a change in every facet of life.
“It is the triumph of democracy and it signifies the beginning of a new era of active citizenship in Nigeria.
“This is truly the people’s revolution; it is time for nation building to commence,’’ Bukar said
Meanwhile, some Nigerians in Europe on Wednesday commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s ‘statesmanlike approach’ in conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
They made the commendation in separate interviews with the Europe correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bern.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari declared winner in the March 28 presidential election ahead of incumbent Jonathan.
Jonathan in a show of sportsmanship on Tuesday congratulated his main rival via a telephone call ahead of the official final announcement by INEC.
The move has continued to generate positive reaction from the Diaspora Nigerians, with many of them describing him as a hero who has opened Nigeria’s democratic space.
Mr Philip Ilenbarenemen, the Publicity Secretary, All Progressive Congress (APC) UK chapter said “Jonathan’s acceptance has shown that he is a noble man”
“I personally never expected this outstanding response from him.
“By accepting the outcome of the election as the will of the people Jonathan has doused tension,” he told NAN.
Similarly, Mr Bimbo Afolayan, Chairman, Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK), said the just-concluded presidential election would go down in history as Nigeria’s best.
“This is one of the best times ever for Nigeria. Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. This is the first time the opposition has won the Presidency.
“This is also the first time an incumbent will be congratulating the winner, this experience has made Nigeria a strong and striving democracy ”
“We need to take this opportunity to move the nation forward and place Nigeria firmly among the comity of democratic nations,” Afolayan said.
In the same vein, some Nigerian professionals residing in Switzerland, France and Germany told NAN via telephone interview that Jonathan’s response to the election” meant democracy is on course in country.”
They told NAN that among the main heroes of the election were Jonathan, Buhari and INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega,
They said though the exercise had its shortcomings aggrieved politicians should seek redress through the legitimate channels.