The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, described President Goodluck Jonathan as a true patriot for considering Nigeria above himself during the just concluded presidential election.
Buhari made the commendation at the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, in Yola, during a thank you visit to the state. Buhari, who arrived the Yola international airport, at exactly 10 a.m.,recalled that he was in the palace before the presidential election to canvass for votes.
According to him:“I am here, again, to seek for votes for my party in the coming elections.”
He commended Nigerians for showcasing an advanced form of democracy during the last election, adding that Jonathan’s early concession of defeat was helpful as it doused the tension.
“I was here before the presidential election to seek for your votes and I got those votes.
“I am here to say thank you and as an `Oliver Twist’, I still seek for more votes for my party in the forthcoming elections.
“God has put a lot of senses in to all Nigerians for us to behave ourselves.
“I was overwhelmed when the president called me before the declaration of the election results to congratulate me.
“That action really doused the tension.
“Jonathan is a true patriot, for considering Nigeria above himself and for that we owe him gratitude,” Buhari said.
He commended the success recorded by the Nigerian Army for recovering all the territories earlier captured from the state by Boko Haram militants.
Buhari also commended the neighbouring countries for co-operating with Nigeria in the fight against the insurgency.
He said his administration would work closely with the nation’s neighbours to secure the people adequately.
He also called on Nigerians to support him to rehabilitate the economy.
“I am pleased with efforts made by the Nigerian Army in recovering all the local government under the control of Boko Haram.
“Our neighbours also need commendation for their co-operation in fighting the insurgency.
“It is a thing of worry that Boko Haram were able to take over our territories under the watch of our soldiers.
“Our military have earned international respect right from Burma, Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and a host of many international peace-keeping operations.