A Cleric, Alhaji Sodiq Afolayan, has advised victorious candidates in the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the nation.
Afolayan, who is the Chief Imam of Omu-Aran Central mosque in Kwara, gave the advice on Wednesday while reacting to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Feb. 23 election.
He noted that in any contest, there must a winner and a loser.
According to him, no matter how big the aspiration of a citizen might be, the interest of the nation must always supersede personal ambition.
“No person’s ambition is worth a single soul created by God.
“Since politics is about service to humanity, it shouldn’t be a do or die affair.
“As a sacrifice to move the country forward, every candidate should be magnanimous in defeat,’’ he said.
Afolayan said the emergence of President Buhari with a wide margin was an indication of his popularity and acceptance by Nigerians.
He described the government’s anti-corruption fight as a right step toward the country’s socio-economic transformation.
The Imam called on citizens to give the necessary support to the anti-corruption fight for the Federal Government to achieve its target.
“The newly re-elected president deserves our cooperation and prayers,’’ he said.
Afolayan advised President Buhari to form an all-inclusive government as a way of entrenching unity and achieving the desired dividends of democracy. (NAN)