World leaders have continued to send congratulatory messages to President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari over his victory in last Saturday’s presidential election.
They have also commended President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians for the peaceful conduct of the polls. The leaders included United States President, Barrack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The US President in a twitter handle from the White House commended both Jonathan and Buhari for their commitment to peace throughout the campaign period. He commended Jonathan for paying attention to the interest of the country by congratulating Buhari over his victory. Also, former Nigerian leaders have been sending messages of congratulations to the President- elect.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo congratulated him on his victory in the presidential poll, charging him to fight corruption and carry out reforms in different sectors. Obasanjo, who noted that so much harm had already been done to many national institutions, including the military, however, advised him to be magnanimous in victory.
His words: “With so much harm already done to many national institutions including the military, which proudly nurtured you and me, you will have a lot to do on institution reform – education, healthcare, economy, security, infrastructure, power, youth employment, agri-business, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption.
“Your varied and wide experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead,” he stressed. Also, Former military President Ibrahim Babangida has congratulated General Buhari, on his emergence as Nigeria’s President-Elect. In a statement he personally signed, Babangida described Buhari’s victory as a reward for perseverance and well-deserved.
He said: “I have just finished watching the proceedings of the declaration of results of the March 28, 2015 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the emergence of my friend, professional colleague and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari as the President- elect. Let me, therefore, formally congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives’ Congress for this well-deserved victory”. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar congratulated General Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan on the outcome of the March 28 presidential election.
In a letter issued through his media office in Abuja, Atiku said: “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 its official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy. Also, Senate President, David Mark, congratulated Gen. Buhari, for emerging victorious at Saturday’s presidential election.
Mark said Buhari winning the poll was a “reflection” of the wishes of the majority of Nigerians, who elected him as the next President of the country. In a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, the Senate President described the victory as a reward for Buhari’s resilience as a politician. National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu described the victory of General Buhari, as Nigeria’s finest moment in its political history.
In a statement, he said: “It is a moment when hope is reborn, faith is rekindled and a fresh fire of patriotism is released for the task ahead. I congratulate General Buhari, Nigeria’s President-elect, on his hard-won victory. I salute our gallant party leaders and members for running the long distance to victory. To millions of Nigerians, I say this – the APC seeks not power for its sake, but for the purpose of bringing a better life to our people and re-building our country. According to him: “This is also democracy’ s finest moment.
Nigerians alive today have witnessed the beginning of an era of change. They made this happen and they are the true celebrants and they are deserving. Together, we share this victory. Side by side we would work together to bring our country back.” President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari has been receiving congratulatory messages from world leaders among who are the leaders of The United Kingdom, UK, France, Rwanda, Somalia and Niger Republic.
In their separate messages, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Francois Hollande, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Rwandan leader Paul Kagame and Prime Minister of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory and Nigerians for conducting a credible election that would ensure a peaceful transfer of power from one elected administration to another.
Among those who visited to felicitate with General Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday were former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, former Vice President and chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar and his wife Hajiya Titi Abubakar.
Others included the US Assistant Secretary of state for African Affairs, Linda Thomas- Greenfield and accompanied by US Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador James Entwistle, among others. They all pledged their support and commitment to ensuring the success of the Buhari administration and for better relations between their countries and Nigeria.
In his response to the various leaders, General Buhari thanked the international community for working with Nigerians in providing the atmosphere that helped to bring about change through elections in the country. He promised to work with the international community to restore Nigeria’s full commitment and obligations to the international system.