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Jonathan Warns against Negative Triumphalism

President Goodluck Jonathan has warned against negative celebration of the election victory of Major General Muhammadu Buhari as the President-elect.
Jonathan also restated the need for the country to continue the healing process that he has initiated by conceding defeat. The president, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost to Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement signed by his media aide, Reuben Abati, the president declared: “As the nation prepares for Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan calls on all Nigerians to remain peaceful, united and law-abiding. “The President condemns the very unseemly attempt by some politicians, groups and individuals to intimidate others, heat up the polity and cause public disorder and disaffection in the aftermath of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“President Jonathan is especially concerned about the negative triumphalism that has been put on display by certain elements since March 31 which flies in the face of his personal commitment to post-election peace, unity and national stability.
“The President calls on all those, who through their actions and utterances, have been promoting divisiveness, sectionalism and ethnic hatred in the country following the outcome of the March 28 elections to cease and desist from actions that detract from the true spirit and culture of democracy envisioned by patriotic men and women of goodwill in Nigeria.
“President Jonathan also condemns the undue harassment of public officials serving under his administration and urges all affected persons to continue to perform their lawful duties without fear.

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